02/02 S.O.A.P. Journal Entry

02/02 S.O.A.P. Journal Entry

Scripture: Acts 9:3-6

3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 

Observations:

Paul was zealously persecuting Christians when Christ appeared to him in a bright light. Not knowing who was speaking to him but understanding that it was someone important and powerful, he asked, “Who are you, Lord?” Paul called Jesus, “Lord” before he even knew exactly who it was. Jesus identified Himself and intervened in dramatic fashion to reveal Himself to Paul and turn him away from his evil ways.

Application:

“Who are you Lord?” This is probably a question that you have thought about before. I know that I have. We struggle because we doubt that Jesus is really who He says and that He really keeps His promises to us. This question is answered for Paul in two ways. First through God’s word, Jesus speaks to Paul and confirms His identity. Second is through His presence, Jesus is there with Paul and that was enough for Paul to know that He is Lord.

Sometimes I wish that Christ would intervene as dramatically in my life so that I would never have doubts about who He is. However, He really does the same two things for us that He did for Paul. First, He tells us in His word that He is our Savior. Second, He is present with us in our lives through the Holy Spirit. So when we have doubts, come to Jesus and be reassured that He is God.

Prayer:

Lord God, thank You for Your word and for Your presence in my life. Help me to never doubt who You are, so that I would always trust in You my Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.