Do you ever get lazy in what you believe? As I evaluate my life I can see where I’ve taken the reality of God’s incredible love for me, for granted. I can see where I’ve let the thinking and ways of society around me erode and undermine this fact. When that happens, I lose my zeal and ultimately my effectiveness as a witness to this truth. And that is simply not acceptable. The fact is God’s incredible love for you and me never changes, never dies down, never loses its power! It’s just as real and strong as it ever was! Psalms 136 states numerous times, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases”.
Here are 5 truths about God’s incredible love seen in Saul’s encounter with God on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:
1. God’s grace is there for even the “worst” sinner:
Saul was a murderer and persecutor of the church, but God had a different plan for him. Saul didn’t deserve it but God’s grace, His unmerited favor, won the day. Don’t believe the lie that you’ve stepped over a line and God can’t or won’t forgive you. His grace is there for you too!
2. It is a sign of Divine favor when God stops us from doing evil:
What amazing love, that would not only stop Saul from continuing down his evil path, but them send him off in the opposite direction!
3. God will show Himself to us…He is near:
I’m not exactly sure what Saul saw, but He knew it was God. God was just that near and real! He is that near to us too! Believe it today!
4. An encounter with God reveals the truth of our own spiritual state:
For 3 days in the presence of the God of love, Saul went over his life. I can only imagine the pain, grief and remorse he suffered as he began to understand the truth of what he had done and who he was really dealing with. Yet he came out of this a better man! A man totally surrendered to the will and ways of the true God. All because of love!
5. God will direct the humble sinner:
As Saul yielded himself to God, God showed him what he was to do with the rest of his life. Saul got up and did it!
Can you see God’s incredible love? It’s just hard to fathom sometimes, but that doesn’t change it’s reality! Today will you choose to believe it and repent of getting lazy in your beliefs? I know I will. Let’s decide now to stand firm and keep the truth of God’s incredible love real in our lives by spending regular time in His presence and guarding our hearts and minds against the pull of the world around us and the lies of the enemy! God loves each of us with an incredible love!!