God in charge, Acts 9: 19b-25:
“Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who caused havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?’ 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. 23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.”NIV
As Saul vigorously pursued his aim of arresting Christians and destroying the church, God showed him who was really in charge. Christ Jesus ‘’took hold’’ of him (Philippians 3:12). He was ‘apprehended’. The one carrying the arrest warrant was himself ‘arrested’. Someone said that he felt the hand of the Heavenly Policeman on his shoulder. He was taken into custody. His immediate plans were thwarted, and he became forever afterwards ‘’the prisoner of Christ Jesus’’ (Ephesians 3:1). Now that Saul was a Christian, he found himself subject to the kinds of attack he had launched on others. He was ‘kicking the other way’ and his former team mates were now his opponents. They wanted to kick him off the park.Today’s passage speaks of a careful, well-organised plot ‘’to kill him’’ (23). However, it failed because there is One who is in charge of all human affairs. From the time of his conversion onwards, Saul knew he was going to suffer a lot for Jesus’ sake (16). Nevertheless, he was immortal until he had accomplished all God’s purpose for his life. It is, I believe, the same for you and me.
PRAYER: Lord God, I believe you’ve ‘got the whole world’ in your hands; and I also believe you’ve got my little life in your hands. So I am safe and secure in a hostile world.