07/08/21 Transformed

READING: 2 Chronicles 34-36, Acts 9:1-22

Have you ever questioned the Lord’s direction? Ever wondered if you had heard the Lord correctly through His Word and through His Spirit? I suspect most of us have at some point – not unlike what Ananias must have thought in today’s New Testament reading. 

The Lord had called him out to go to Saul, place his hands on him, and restore his sight. Ananias had also heard the truth about Saul, though—and that was that he had strongly opposed the people of God in Jerusalem. Indeed, Saul had been “breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples” (Acts 9:1). He also had permission to arrest any other believers—men and women alike—on his way to Damascus. Ananias knew that intent of Saul, too, when God called him to go to the one who was threatening His people. 

Still, Ananias obeyed – and God worked a miracle in Saul. The change was so dramatic that the people were astonished at his change. He who had brought havoc now brought good news. That’s just what God does, though: He transforms lives in undeniable ways. 

PRAYER: “God, thank You for changing lives. Even dramatically in many cases.”   

DAILY ACTION STEP:  Pray especially for someone who seems to be deeply opposed to God and His work.  

TOMORROW’S READING:  Ezra 1-3, Acts 9:23-10:8

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