“Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.” Acts 9:3
What does this verse mean to us?
This Bible verse comes from the story of a man named Saul. In this story, Saul was a man that persecuted the disciples of Jesus Christ. Saul went to Damascus, hoping to find Jesus’ followers so he he might capture them and take them to Jerusalem. As he was on his way to Damascus, a light from Heaven shone down on him.
As Saul fell to the ground he heard a voice call out to him. The voice said “Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asked the voice who he was and the voice said “I am Jesus, and you are doing bad things against me.”
Jesus then told Saul to stand and enter the city, where he would tell him what to do. Saul opened his eyes, but he had been blinded by the bright light, so he couldn’t see. For three days Saul could not see, and he did not eat or drink.
God then spoke to a disciple named Ananias. He told Ananias to go and find a man named Saul. But Ananias answered by saying that he had heard of Saul and what a bad man he was. God then told him that Saul was chosen by Him to carry His name before the kings and children of Israel.
Ananias found Saul and told him that God had told him to find him that he may regain his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately Saul’s sight was restored to him. After this, Saul was called Paul, and he went on to become an apostle who preached to many and led them to God.
This story of Saul and how he turned to Paul teaches us a lot about God’s mercy. Saul, who was one of the worst persecutors of Jesus’ followers, a man who turned them in and even murdered them, went on to become one of God’s greatest followers. He went from one of God’s worst enemies to one of His greatest servants.
In the same way, we are sinners and enemies of God. But, if we repent and realize the error of our ways like Saul did, we, too can be saved and go on to do great things for God.
Let’s start the week off with a prayer.
Thank you for your mercy. Thank you that you can forgive us no matter what we do. Help us to see your light and follow you for all of our days. Amen.”
-J. Edwards Holt
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