July 13, 2014

acts12-48

Numbers 6:22-27; Acts 13:1-12; Luke 12:41-48

The contrast in Acts could not be more striking. Saul, who had been blinded for a few days by a bright light, so that he might see, is now opposed by a sorcerer. He announces that this cult magician, named Elymas, will be blind for awhile. Darkness then fell upon him and the result was that others saw. The Holy Spirit enlightened people through the blindness of another.

This is precisely what had happened to Saul. On the way to Damascus to bring a dark evil to the Church, a light from heaven blinded him. (Acts 9:1-19) Temporarily side-tracked from his evil mission, he was able to hear the gospel and believed. Elymas was also side-tracked in his crooked plans but it was others who believed. The Scripture says nothing about Elymas coming to faith.

The eyes of the heart must be open before the word of the Lord is believed. (Psa 119:18) Blessed are those upon whose faces the Lord shines, revealing the peace of Christ so that they take his message of peace and salvation to others. This is the will of the Lord and the faithful response of those who have been enlightened by the Spirit.

Prayer: Lord, open the eyes of my heart so that I may lead others by your Spirit. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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