Passage of the Day: Acts 9: 5 - 9 … 3 As he [Saul of Tarsus] journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
My Journal for Today: Theologically God’s goading is called “prevenient grace,” which is that so-called grace which “goes before,” calling the lost to Himself or maybe calling the found back into fellowship. And God’s prevenient grace is relentless. If you are one of the “called according to God’s purpose,” God is going to win. So, you might as well surrender today.
It took God’s goading, during the days when Saul of Tarsus was so resistant to Christ’s call, to bring this hard-headed Jew to this place on the road to Damascus where God could knock Saul off his high-horse of pride and show him Whom the real Lord of life is. But God won with Paul; and if you’ve been resisting God’s call of purpose for your life, you might as well give up voluntarily or you may have some road to Damascus experience in your future.
Maybe you even consider yourself to be a Christian; and I’m not here to judge your heart. But if you’ve been trying to control life on your own terms, you are in a fight with God, my friend; and you need to give it up and surrender to God’s will for your life. I doubt if you’re lost, however, if you’re reading this; but per chance if you are lost, you need to climb down off your high horse and surrender to Christ as The Savior and Lord of your life.
My friend, God is going to win … just as he did with Saul who became Paul. So, as Chuck Swindoll says in his devotional this morning, “Why wait for a storm” to declare that God wins. Why wait for Him to knock you for a loop? Take it from one who had to be knocked about severely to get the message. It’s so much less painful just to surrender quietly and allow God to be the Lord of your life.
God’s going to win, my friend; so, … just let Him. In a chess game you’d knock over your king to show God that He’s won the game. As the old Nike commercial says, “Just do it!”
My Prayer for Today: You win, Lord … every day of my life! Amen