Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Acts 9:1-2
The metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is a fantastic process. For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must endure the time necessary to change from a crawler to a flyer. And so it is with our salvation, sanctification is a life-long process. We must never think that salvation is a passive process.
The life of a Believer is full of suffering, trials, and tribulations. With God, our storms are abated through His grace and mercies. We receive the blessing of “Peace be Still” or we would not have the strength to endure. Actively seeking God today ensures us of His guidance and protection. Yesterday is a passing memory, and we are not promised tomorrow. Just as the world is dynamic, and constantly changing, Believers strive for spiritual growth every day.
God does not view sin on our level. We have a tendency to categorize sin in numerical importance as a ladder with many steps to climb or descend. He is able to cleanse all from unrighteousness. Based on our prior behaviors and lifestyles, the spiritual journey is never the same for any one individual. Trust God, regardless of our background, habits, or dysfunctional lives; God will convert and transform us if we only confess and repent (active participation).
When we look at the prior history of the Apostle Paul, as Saul, he was so ruthless in his pursuit to persecute Christians that God had to physically blind him to get his attention. Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes, he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Acts 9:8-9
Many of us are still asking the same question as Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord?” We can only receive our answer when we pray and study the Bible (active participation). God never disappoints those who are willing to do their part in the Plan of Salvation. We can be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ only by our willingness to give up self-reliance and disobedience and to learn who God really is (active participation).
If God can take a vigilante with murderous thoughts and convert him into a godly servant and a noble Apostle, then He is ready to do anything that we ask in His name (active participation). The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
We are slowly progressing toward the cessation of the Stay-at-Home and Shelter-in-Place ordinances. However, we cannot, nor should we resume our prior way of life? God has given us time to align our priorities with His will and direction for our lives. Constant prayer and studying the Word of God are necessary to renew our covenant daily with God.
COVID-19 is a wake-up for every individual who desires Eternal life. God has shown us that this is still His world, and He will forever be in control. We have been crippled and shut down on a global level in every aspect of our lives; physical health, economic disaster, mental and emotional collapse, and rational thought processes abolished by indecision and foolishness.
For those who question God’s presence or power, refer to Job 38:4, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you know so much.” Dear God, we admit that we know nothing. Thank you. It is only because of your grace and your mercies that you chose to spare many of us who know the way but are still disobedient. We ask you to continue to give us a hedge of protection from the coronavirus. Please reveal to us your plans as to how we should move forward. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020