Acts 22:11 – And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
Have you ever been in a place where you could not see? Regardless of the reason for it, if you’re in a place where you cannot see, you need someone to take you by the hand and lead you. Whether it is loss of natural sight, or emotional or spiritual sight, this same principle is applicable. The major issue with which you must deal is that of trust. When you cannot see where you are going, can you trust the person who is leading you?
The point made in today’s Second Miler is not that Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the church, or that his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus led to his salvation, but is rather focused on a sound leadership principle he understood in his life. Always endeavor to have people you can trust around you. We can see this principle clearly demonstrated in Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus leading to his conversion.
You can be sure that when Saul was traveling to Damascus to persecute the church, he had people with him who were sympathetic to his cause. He was, after all, traveling with documents that would lead to the arrest and persecution of Christians, and such documents would need some sort of enforcement. Some of those who were traveling with him were likely engaged as some sort of enforcement service that traveled with Saul in his work. Saul trusted them.
Then when Jesus confronted Saul on the road to Damascus, while Saul recognized fully what was taking place, those traveling with him did not. Saul clearly recognized the Lord, Jesus in that encounter. But once again, those traveling with him did not. They saw the light, but recognized no person in that light, and they did not hear the voice of the Lord that spoke to Saul. Jesus knew what He was doing. He was confronting Saul, and wanted him in Damascus, so He kept His confrontation with Saul a very personal thing. And so, it was, when the Lord had spoken to Saul what he was to do and where he was to go, Saul leaned on those he trusted to get him where he needed to go.
So, I ask you to consider the path you are traveling in life. Do you have people traveling with you whom you can trust? Do you have people around you who will help you on your way, even when they have not recognized your marching orders? Do you have people who will, if need be, take you by the hand and lead you to where you need to go? Saul needed such people in his walk. And as a believer, you certainly do. Who walks with you to help you reach your goals when you cannot see the way?
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Amos 3:3; Matthew 18:19-20