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Blinded by Jesus - Dave's Daily Devo - July 31

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Blinded by Jesus

Acts 22:6-11

In the morning when I turn on YouTube and listen to Hillsong singing,

                               Lord over everything

                               You are near

                               Lord over everything

                               You are near

                               All of the universe at Your feet

                               The lost are found

                               The blind will see

                               The lame will walk

                               The dead will live

                               And You Are God

                               Forever You will reign… (“The Lost Are Found”  Hillsong)

the song transports me to the future when Jesus will institute His Kingdom on earth, a Kingdom where the blind will see. This is true if I’ve admitted my guilt before Him and opened my heart to His forgiveness provided through His death and resurrection. But what about a religious zealot who passionately believes Jesus is a false prophet and is convinced he’s acting as God’s servant when he arrests and murders men and women who follow Jesus?     

As Saul of Tarsus approached Damascus, he was this zealot. He saw the Lord’s glory, but the blazing light didn’t fill him with hope and love. It blinded him.

“’Now as I was traveling and approaching Damascus, suddenly, about noon, a blazing light from heaven flashed intensely around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He said to me, ‘I am Jesus, the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’

Now those with me certainly saw the light, but they did not hear the voice speaking with me. Then I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you are appointed to do.’ Now because the brilliance of the light had blinded me, my companions led me by the hand into Damascus.” Acts 22:6-11    

Before I can begin to understand the amazing grace that transformed Saul the persecutor into Paul the proclaimer, I must face the reality that Jesus’ glory includes a justice that drives his hardened enemies to their knees, blinds their eyes, and turns them into a helpless children needing to be led by the hand. Paul had to be blinded before he could understand and trust the message that for the rest of his life Jesus would use to open blind eyes.

LORD, help me, like Paul, to fully face the deceptive darkness that can cause me to do heinous things thinking I’m serving you. Thank you for continuing to open my eyes to the evil that lurks in my old nature, but today lead me by the hand so that I can live in the new man you created in me as pure gift. Thank you that you are still seeking to find the lost.

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