Mighty, Mighty Saul

Acts 9:8

Discovering God’s plan requires vulnerability.

Here’s Saul–mighty, mighty Saul–blind and led by the hand into the city where he intended to round up those pesky Christians. Saul was a powerful man, a man on the rise. Named after a king of Israel, a magnificent physical specimen and, at least at first, a successful king, Saul probably reveled in the glow of that name.

Saul knew his Torah. He knew the interpretations and the teachings and everything else. He had things figured out. He was a powerful young man with the prospect of becoming more powerful still. Yet here he is, knocked to the ground with his understanding of the universe lying in shattered pieces about his feet. He couldn’t see them, of course, having been blinded.

After having things figured out so well, Saul’s experience outside Damascus must have been devastating. God’s plan for Saul did not change when Saul lost his sight, but Saul’s ability to accept that plan did change. Could the self-satisfied, know-it-all Saul have possibly received that plan before the Damascus road? I don’t think so. I think he needed to be literally and figuratively knocked to the ground and made vulnerable.

To his credit, Saul didn’t just roll up in a ball of self protection. Instead, he yielded his vulnerable self. “What do you want me to do?”

What worked for him can work for us.

  • In what part of your life do you find it most difficult to allow yourself to be vulnerable?
  • Think of a time when you have yielded yourself and allowed God to make His plans more clear to you.
  • Pray that God will use your weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the coming days.