In the Wilderness with Jesus

“In the moment, I rarely fully know what God is doing.”[1]

When Saul was captured by the light that shines into the darkness, an amazing hunter of men was sent forth to engage the world with the good news of his Lord’s Kingdom.

goofyWas his amazing empowerment immediate? It seems that at once he began to confess that this Jesus was indeed the Christ promised by God, but in his novice state did he possess the skill to confound the Hellenists?

The ninth chapter of Acts gives us such understanding in appearance, doesn’t it? Paul is saved and soon afterwards we are reading of his intimidating the Jews with the ability to prove Jesus is the Christ.

But then… what does Paul have to say of all this? That the giving of the Holy Spirit is no less than miraculous lends credence to the thought, but then… what does Paul have to say of this?

The text conveys Paul’s conversion, his meeting with Ananias, baptism, preaching the gospel in Damascus, angering the Jews, escaping in a basket, and running to Jerusalem as though it all happens “after many days.” How long is after many days?

According to Paul, “…nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter.”[2]

It appears Paul’s preparation to be the apostle to the Gentiles required a little time in the wilderness. Can you say Moses… Elijah… Jesus?

It was on the edge of the desert where Paul learned the deeper meanings to his questions on the Damascus road. “Who are You, Lord? What will You have me to do?” And of transcendent importance still, “What is it that You are doing Lord?”

Too often I find myself in Martha’s shoes, needing to hear Jesus whisper, “Mary has chosen the better thing.” Need a little time in the wilderness today?

[1] Randy Bohlender, Jesus Killed My Church

[2] Galatians 1:17-18

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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2 Responses to In the Wilderness with Jesus

  1. Paul became a great hunter of men, because God is a great hunter of us! He never stops pursuing us sometimes to lead us to the desert place for a season, but often to the lofty places where He beckons us to come up higher! As you pursue Him in your study of Acts, may you come to know Him in a greater, more intimate way friend!

  2. Steven Sawyer says:

    Acts 9 is the basis for our entire vacation bible school study this week, Mike. Is that God or what? I appreciate this post, since I’m in Acts 9 all week. God bless.

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