Unspeakable Joy Devotional

25th July

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An Unlikely Story. Acts 9:21 “But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?”

Sometimes we hear stories that people say that make us ask, “Really?” Did that really happen?

The story of Saul’s conversion caused a lot of people to ask “Really?” Saul was a well-known persecutor of Christians. But that was before he met Jesus in a blinding vision on the road to Damascus. Then, after Saul was brought into the city by the men traveling with him. Jesus told a disciple named Ananias to bring Saul a message and restore his sight. Ananias responded, “Really?” He reminded the Lord that Saul had come to arrest believers in Jesus.

Ananias’s fear was joined later by the astonishment of others. Even the disciples of Jesus in Jerusalem could not believe the news. Only the courage and kindness of Barnabas helped Saul get an introduction to the apostles. What changed?

Saul changed. Saul had met Jesus. He had been blind, but now he saw the truth. An unlikely instrument-a persecutor of the church-became a preacher and teacher for Jesus.

Maybe you have thought about using a gift for God and have heard Satan whisper, “Really?” Don’t be discouraged. We are all unlikely instruments of God’s grace.

Lord, help us to know that by your grace and through your Spirit, you bring unlikely sinners to service in your kingdom. May we be bold for you. Amen. (JM)

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