After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill [Saul because he was proclaiming Jesus as Messiah]. They were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could murder him, but Saul was told about their plot. So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall.
— Acts 9:23-25 NLT
The incredible turnaround in Saul's life was soon complete. He had come to Damascus to arrest, persecute, and kill followers of Jesus. Then, through a divine revelation on the road to Damascus and through the ministry of Ananias, Saul met Jesus. He believed in Jesus as Messiah and Lord, Ananias baptized him, then helped Saul understand his call to share Jesus with all people. Saul, the mighty persecutor, was now a "basket case"! The fellow believers he had come to persecute helped him escape persecution himself. Grace sometimes has a sense of irony but always has a message of love, hope, and transformation!
O Father, thank you for the touches of irony and humor in the story of Saul's conversion. Thank you for the faith and courage of Ananias to risk his life and share Jesus with Saul. Thank you for being the God of surprises. You can take people we most fear and turn them into our friends and heroes of faith. Keep doing today what you did in Ananias' and Saul's day. I ask this in Jesus' name and for Jesus' glory. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Ephesians 2:1-22
- Acts 7:20-37
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About This Devotional
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
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