October 20, 2021 Bruce Reynolds

Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain

Let’s be honest, we all like to be in control. We want to guide and direct things the way we want them. It is a scary thing to think that things in our lives are out of control. Can I let you in on a little secret? The truth is that we never had or will ever have control of anything. The End! Have a great day. Okay, so where am I going with this wonderful bit of news? The good news is that even though we do not have control of anything, Jesus has control of everything.

In my devotions I was once again in the book of Acts 8-9. I love chapter eight because right in the middle of a great movement of God in Samaria, the Lord sends the evangelist Philip from there to some road out in the middle of nowhere. Philip was obedient and while he hung out on this road a eunuch from Ethiopia came riding by in a chariot.

The Holy Spirit told Philip to run up to the chariot and when Philip did, he heard the Ethiopian reading the book of Isaiah. We all know that Philip then began to explain the scripture and thought that the man came to know Christ. I love this event because it shows the Lord’s love for the individual. He does not see us as a crowd of people or some mob, but for who we are. He finds every one of us valuable. That is amazing, but if we continue to chapter nine, we see this in verse one. “Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” The NIV says it this way, “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.”

The Lord gives us a peak behind the curtain. While people were coming to Christ there were still bad things that were going on. This is a man who hated the followers of Jesus so much he was willing to travel to have them arrested and even put to death. This is something that caught my attention. There are times of great blessing and other times there are the valleys that we must go through. Now what we know, but the people of that moment did not, is that the Lord was about to do something amazing in the one who was persecuting His people. Jesus was going to call Saul to be one of the world’s greatest church planters and spreaders of the Gospel.

Jesus took one of the enemy’s greatest warriors and turned him to be one of His greatest warriors. I leave you with this thought. We live in the moment. We have no idea what all we go through means but let me remind you Jesus is still on the throne and He is always up to something behind the curtain. You and I win; just hang on for the ride. Be faithful and know there is nothing too difficult for our God.