Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #28

Leave Room for God    

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Scripture

Acts 9:3-4

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Insight

With some of our friends and family, it’s easy to think that they are “too far gone”. That there is no hope, that they are so far from God that His grace would never reach them. We think that their attitudes are too set, their opinions too firm, and their hearts too hard for the love of Jesus to penetrate through. Yet, in the story of Saul, we find reason to hope.

Saul was the one on-site when they murdered Stephen. He was the one dragging Christian men and women off to prison. He was the one, who, only a few verses earlier in the story, was “breathing out murderous threats” against those who followed Jesus. Yet, here in Acts 9, Saul is arrested by the presence and voice of God on the road to Damascus. After being knocked from his horse, a voice from heaven speaks. It’ a voice on inquiry, not of condemnation: “why do you persecute me?”

When we are seeking to bring the Good News of Jesus to our friends, family, neighbours and co-workers, we must leave room for God. We must leave room for his miraculous power and glorious might to break through in situations that others would have thought impossible. We must not judge, but in faith, offer the invitation to all who are near us, believing that those who are near us are being beckoned by God to be near Him. Our job is to invite, not to exclude.

As we head towards Easter, with Alpha following close behind, let us remember that it is God who is writing His story on the hearts of men and women. It is God who knows the times and dates and situations where people will respond. Let us just be obedient in the journey, and watch as he continues to work miracles and speak as only He can, to bring change and transformation to the lives of people in our world.

Reflection Questions:

1/ When was the last time you witnessed the miracle of someone turning their heart towards Jesus?
2/ What was the situation? Did you think beforehand it could happen?
3/ Who else would you love to see come into the Kingdom that at this point, for them to come, it would take a miracle? How can you pray for them?