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While Thus Occupied
“While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority And commission from the chief priests.” Acts 26:12
Where were you when God interrupted your life? For most of us reading this, we have been encountered by the Lord Jesus and have been forever changed. Some of us, it’ been a long time and we were very young and knew at an early age “The Way”. Others, it’s been a little more drastic, a total contrast of the way we use to live.
Paul testified of a “Light” that he encountered on the road to Damascus. In previous verses he draws a picture of a man who was very diligent in a pursuit to do what he believed was right. He continues his testimony to King Agrippa by stating “while thus occupied”. Going about his business, living life, “doing his thing”. Paul went on to testified about this Light and proclaimed the name of Jesus, and the rest is “His-story”.
I hope you can relate to a time even if it came after your salvation when you encountered your “flesh” in a way that shows a dramatic difference from the way you see things, to how God sees things. A time when you may be heading down a path of destruction and there comes an illumination of a truth you know from God’s word. Or maybe you’re following the Lord’s leading and are being counseled to go a different direction that, for you an obvious mistake.
I know for me it can be a preconceived idea or a misguided motive that can send me down the wrong road. I have a friend who will sometimes make a statement that cuts to the heart. After trying to justify an action I’m carrying out he’ll say to me, “you might not be right, but you’re sure”, ouch!
When our testimony of the grace of God in our life is lived out by our actions there is no denying the results. Not always easy but it comes with an assurance and we can testify to what Paul says in the 4th chapter of Philippians, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
As we meditate on God’s word, let it guide and direct us down a road that is illuminated by God to help us see the light of the glory that causes us to proclaim His name. Amen! – Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: Peace is the smile of God reflected in the soul of the believer. —William Hendricksen
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31