17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
…Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them…
Acts 9:17,19, 26-28
Last week, I began to write about the work is God constantly doing in each of our lives; at all times He is disrupting, dismantling, healing, and restoring.
First we looked at disrupting, which is a stop and a change of direction. Disruption can be initiated by God or the events of the world in our lives that God will use to help us through this process if we let Him
Secondly we entered in to the topic of dismantling, which is times when God intervenes in our lives or uses an incident we have experienced to tear down unhealthy things that are a part of how we had been living and rebuilding back up on a solid foundation.
Today we look at Saul’s (Paul’s) life and how the Father immediately began to work on healing in the midst of disruption and dismantling.
As you can see in the scripture above not only did God increase Saul’s understanding of Jesus, He sent Christians to show the Father’s love to a well-known persecutor of Jesus’ followers.
God didn’t initially send Saul to witness and preach to the gentiles in new territories where they did not know of Saul’s reputation, He sent him to the places that had known Saul best in order to show him the healing power of God’s provision, love, and by giving Saul a new identity as a beloved son.
Just as Jesus healed the blind in scripture in many different ways (touch, mud, and saliva), His healing in our lives will be unique to us; the question is will we recognize His love in the midst of the disruption and dismantling.
Healing is exactly that the healing of a wounded area in our lives.
My prayer for each of us is that the Holy Spirit will remove the “scales” from our eyes to see Jesus healing love.
In the Father’s love,