05/15/20 “As I Was Traveling”

READING: 2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 122; Acts 22

Think today about all the Lord did to draw you to Himself. What were the circumstances? Who were the people? How patient was God with you? How did He get your attention? If you are a follower of Christ, God somehow captured your heart.

Today’s Bible reading includes Paul’s telling his testimony, including how God intersected his life and plans: “As I was traveling and approaching Damascus, about noon an intense light from heaven suddenly flashed around me” (Acts 22:8). Jesus even spoke to Paul and told him to go to Damascus, where he would learn what he was to do. There he met Ananias, who had been prepared for that encounter.

As Paul was traveling, God captured him. The miracles just seem to have kept happening in Paul’s conversion story, but let’s not forget that God’s calling us to Himself was no less a miracle. We can never fully understand or explain why the Creator God chose to pursue us (among the 7+ billion people in the world), turn our hearts toward Him in whatever way He did, and make us His children. We may not have seen “an intense light from heaven,” but it was Paul’s God who called us, too.

We can, I think, only stand amazed. Or perhaps lie on our faces in gratitude. 

PRAYER: “God, thank You that You chased me down and drew me to Yourself.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: Weekend is for catch-up and review