From Rev. Simeon Afolabi’s Bread and Wine devotional. Thursday, September 3. 2015.
“Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” Acts 9:31
Just how significant could one change be? Let us return to the life of Paul as illustration. The change that occurred in the way to Damascus meant a change in time and eternity. Had Paul died in his blind zeal in Judaism he would have been damned eternally. He later saw himself as a benefactor of the mercy of God when he wrote to Timothy. (See 1 Timothy 1:12-13). Towards the end of his earthly life, he waxed ever so bold as he spoke of the crown awaiting him in the presence of the Lord.
The passage of Scripture for today speaks of another powerful effect of the change that happened to Paul. The churches had rest. Before Paul’s change the churches faced harassment everywhere, but after regained their peace and waxed stronger and stronger. Till this very hour the change that occurred on the way to Damascus is still having tremendous impact. The impact comes through the many writings of Paul included in the canon of Scriptures. When you make room for change under God, you have no idea of how far it can reach in its effect.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, have Your way; change me as You wish.