October 26
‘Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.’ Psalm 37:3
Bible reading: Acts 21:40-22:11 (Go to the Bible passage)
What had gotten into Paul that he wanted to address this furious mob? Can it be anything else than that he was driven by the compassion of Jesus Christ?
He spoke to them in their own language and he showed them that he was, actually, one of them. More than they had, he had strived for the ancestral traditions. He had been a passionate zealot for God, just like them. But then came the miraculous testimony, the ridiculous ‘conversion story’: Paul had met God, simply on his way to Damascus. How annoying this must have been to the Jews! Who could believe such nonsense… other than who himself had had a genuine encounter with God?
Nowadays there are those, who think they can meet God in the stupor of a drug-induced trip. That is a lie, for one does not meet God in some semi-conscious condition, but in the sober reality of life. The Bible gives testimony of this.
Moses was not in ecstasy when he saw the burning bush; Gideon was hiding wheat from the enemy; Elisha was plowing the field of his father; Simon Peter was fishing, and Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the young church… when God encountered them and summoned them to follow Him.
Anyone who wants to meet God in his life should not try the religious way, but should have the courage to face life squarely. For this is why God created man. God made all the nations, (…) God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him (Acts 17:26,27). Not in illusions, but in the reality of their daily life and work.

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