June 16

by Terry Abel

The Lord’s Tool  

As I reflect over all that I’ve learned in my Bible Study Class on Acts this past year, Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus stands out, because I actually got to see that road when I went to the Holy Land this past November, cementing in my mind the fact that this event actually happened and is not a myth or a fairy tale, making my faith in God even deeper and more profound.

When Paul was on that road, Jesus told him in verse 26:14 “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Once Paul realized without doubt that Jesus was real and right and that Paul was just hurting himself by not following him, he completely changed and reshaped his life, and helped people to stop living in moral darkness.  I realize that we are being changed and remolded as, in my father’s words, “The Lord’s tool” (the virus) does its’ work.  Paul was once called the Lord’s “chosen instrument,” and brought many believers to faith by his preaching and writing.  While we are on a different level than Paul, we can still grow closer to God and do what he wants of us during this shelter in place time, by going the extra mile for our families, neighbors, and especially God.  He is giving us additional time right now, which we can waste, or use to grow closer to Him or those around us.  Even if it’s just spending a little more time in prayer each day, or listening to or perhaps singing a worship song that we enjoy, it’s something.  One of our hymnals is entitled With One Voice which makes me feel that each of our voices counts with God, no matter how small we feel it is.

Although our transformation during this time won’t be as dramatic as Paul’s, I do believe we will perhaps emerge positively transformed by this event, for as it says in Romans 8:28,  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”


Heavenly Father,

We thank you for all our “blessings,” even this virus. Although it’s hard, help us to try and view it in a positive light and see the good that it perhaps is  doing, in slowing many of us down, yet in so doing, giving us needed rest, and perhaps the chance to spiritually recharge, and  grow closer to our families and to you.  Amen


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