In his book, “Paul – A Man of Grace and Grit,” Charles R. Swindoll points to three imperatives for those who serve the Lord and His people. “Radical change is essential if we are going to become deeper, more effective servants.”
“First, instead of speeding up, slow down and rethink.” After all the education Saul received at the feet of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3) and the dramatic conversion at Damascus (9:1-19), we might think that he was eager to use his skills in a new direction – preaching Jesus, the one he had vehemently persecuted. True, “he immediately…proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues” (9:20), the places familiar to him. But he then slipped away into Arabia where he took spiritual inventory alone with the Lord. It was necessary to rethink his motives that had driven him for years. That takes time.
Time spent in solitude with the Lord prepares us for challenges that lie ahead which only the Lord knows are coming. This wise counsel from Chuck has often encouraged me when I am slammed with unexpected pressure, disappointment and discouraging circumstances. Getting into my place of quietness with the Lord changes the way I see the events around me.
Come back tomorrow for the second imperative.
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