Many of us have thought of Saul’s conversion on the Damascus road and wondered what that “sudden…light from heaven” that shone around him was like. And then the voice of Jesus that spoke to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” That moment became transforming for self-important Saul into a Spirit-empowered Paul (Acts 9:1-19).
Have you considered being blind and not eating or drinking for three days? Every distraction that clutters our minds would not be there. Even the smell of familiar food and refreshing water would not pass our lips. There would be no travelling from one place to another, no appointments or familiar sights and sounds. Just being alone with your memory of the last words of Jesus calling your name and asking the question, “why?” ‘What are you doing with your life?’
It is my opinion that each of us need times like this. There are several reasons why we need times of solitude where our hearts and minds are released from the constant ‘noise’ of this world so we can hear God speak to us. As with Saul, it will:
1. Change your character.
2. Change your values and priorities.
3. Change the direction of your life.
4. Change the outcomes of all you do to be fruitful.
5. Give you a clearer, eternal perspective.
I urge you to consider such a time (without being blind)! At best, our time here is short, no matter how old we are. The work of God needs much greater attention and devotion than what we give it. And finally, we must consider more carefully whether we are doing all for the glory of God, the spreading of the gospel, and the building up of the Church.
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