The scripture for today is Galatians 1:11-12.
“...the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from
any man, nor was I taught it ; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”
This passage refers to the story of Paul’s Damascus Road experience in which he encountered
Jesus while on his way to imprison and persecute Christians. Paul was struck blind during this confrontation and was only able to see again after having heard the gospel. Soon after receiving his sight, Paul was baptized and began to study in preparation for a lifetime of ministry.
Like Paul, we oftentimes find ourselves in dark, difficult and confusing circumstances. It is in these times that we can be most open to God’s message for us because desperation leads us to listen for His voice. He can speak to us in these times through others, through scripture, and, always, through divine revelation. Ultimately, it is in brokenness that the fallow ground of our hearts open up to His revelation and salvation, a salvation that holds us firm until the end.
Paul eventually went on to preach the gospel and illuminate the scriptures for us, trusting in God with each step.
A metaphor can be used to paint a picture of the above process which involves the preparation of bamboo for field irrigation. The green stalks become useful as pipelines when they have been uprooted and left to dry. Later, the cores are removed from the dead plants and the tubes are fitted together to channel water into fields. In this same way, He works through us when we reach out to Him for salvation and for help in carrying out His plans.
Lord, please keep us humble and open to Your plans for us. Please keep us mindful of the gift of salvation every day.
Allison Montgomery email@example.com
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