Have you ever looked, in wonder, over the the way God reaches through time and moves people from one place to another to accomplish His will?
Take Paul, for instance. This is one of my favorite demonstrations of the way God works in the Bible. He is first mentioned in the Bible, in Acts chapter 8 verse 1 as Saul, where he watches Stephen being stoned to death.
Saul was a devout Jew. He felt what these disciples of Christ were doing was so very wrong. Little did he know, that this was only the beginning of a transformation for him, in a way he probably never dreamed was possible.
In verse 3: the Bible tells us that “as for Saul, he made havoc of the Church, entering every house, dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. 4: Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching.
Just think about that for a minute, if Saul weren’t searching these people out, they may have stayed, nice and secure, in their homes, and towns. Because of the anger of Saul, and his determination to stop them, he actually scattered them and facilitated the work of God.
In chapter 9:1 we find Saul “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the High Priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the way, men or women, he could bring them bound to Jerusalem.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him “Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And Saul asked “Who are you, Lord?”
“I am Jesus, who you are persecuting.”
So Saul, trembling and astonished, said “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
And the Lord said “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men that were with Saul heard a voice but saw no one. Saul rose up and opened his eyes, but was blind. They took him to Damascus and for three days, he could not see. During this time, he neither ate or drank anything.
While this was happening to Saul, the Lord was also giving a disciple in DAmascus named Ananias a vision.
In chapter 9:10 He says to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for the one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananais coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Then Ananais answered “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your Saints in Jerusalem. And he has the authority to bind all who call upon Your name.”
But the Lord said to him “Go for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel“.
The Lord worked through time and place to influence Saul, who would become Paul, believed to be the writer of five books of the Bible.
I know people who don’t believe that the Bible is fact will say that it is impossible to work through time, but is it really? We have science fiction books that posit time travel and even great scientist like Einstien who believed that one day it would be possible. Do we truly believe that if man can imagine it, that God could not do it?
Even today we have cell phones that work, to a certain degree, outside of time. This was unimaginable just one hundred years ago, and yet here in the Bible, almost 2000 years ago, we find a similar principle.
When you read the Bible, you find things that are simply wondrous, if you read with and open mind and an open heart. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
What do you want to find?
Ask, Seek, Knock!!!!!!