Acts 9:19b-22

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Sabrina Schlather.

“For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.” Acts 9:19b-22

Prior to this verse in Acts, Saul had converted to a Christian and had begun to become the Apostle Paul. We see this through his proclamation that Jesus is the son of God and his willingness to prove that when he was challenged. Paul has had an encounter with Jesus and had just become a Christian.

Although Paul has not yet experienced much of the Christian faith, he is sharing with the people what he knows to be true from his encounter with Jesus and the enlightenment it has brought him. We see through Paul’s willingness to proclaim Jesus as the son of God, that he is willing to learn and continue to grow in his journey of Christianity.

Our life in the faith of Christianity is a journey, we don’t always know the answers to why something happens or even how it happened, but we trust in God that it will turn out to be ok and that we will learn from the experiences we have. Paul’s trust in Jesus and willingness to follow him regardless of his lack of answers exemplifies what we as people of God do everyday.

Acts tells us in this chapter that God can take enemies and transform them into a powerful advocate. Before becoming a Christian himself, Paul persecuted Christians, but then turned out to be a person to spread the Gospel to the world. The conversion of Saul to the Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing is impossible from our God.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, help us to remember as we grow in our faith, through you, nothing is impossible. Amen.

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