January 10, 2010

Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me To Do?


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Saul, later renamed Paul, was a zealot. Thinking he was doing God's will, he chased down and arrested Christians.

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
Acts 9

And it was while on the infamous road to Damascus that Saul met the Lord Jesus Christ.

The encounter was not something he sought nor expected but met Him he did, falling to the ground and asking two questions:

1. Who art thou, Lord?

2. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

The answers?

1. I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

2. Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

"Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink."

This is where the Holy Spirit convicted me this morning while reading this passage. The Lord told Saul to go into the city and it will be told what he must do. Granted, Saul was blind which would have hindered any of us but he simply waited as it turns out three days.

Am I willing to simply wait for furuther directions from the Lord OR do I get impatient and try to figure out another solution?

Too often, I do the latter.

Trusting God and obeying Him is our part when we ask: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

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