MONDAY, JUNE 24
Scripture: Acts 7:51-58, Acts 8:1-4, Acts 9:1-2
In the New Testament the closest person to a serial killer we see is Saul of Tarsus, the Apostle Paul. God decided to save him, but it is not a pleasant salvation. It is not someone choosing to simply bow their knee. As the early church prayed for protection and survival, God had mercy on them. Paul was on his way for another confrontation with believers when God knocked him to his knees, blinded him and left him blind for three days. Jesus sovereignly invaded Saul’s life! In desperation, Paul cried out to God, God delivered him and called him into ministry. Who does God accept? He accepts characters! He accepts people that the church would often rather leave behind. Much of the church continued to fear Paul for years after his conversion. God will take just about anybody as long as they have the humility to bow their knee. If God has to knock someone to their knees, He’s willing to do it. Getting knocked to our knees frequently has the effect of teaching us who is Boss! Saul of Tarsus was knocked off his donkey and blinded for three days! God moved His Judicial Hand against the enemy of the church and it had the effect of humbling Paul and causing him to turn to Christ. How wonderful that God saw Paul at his core. He saw Paul’s’ passion and his quest for truth. What amazing grace God has! God saw Paul’s potential and He sees ours as well!