Saul fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. Acts 9:4, 8
Oftentimes it takes a breakdown before we can experience a breakthrough. Saul was a confident religious zealot, persecuting the early church with righteous indignation. Saul was successful, respected by his peers, and feared by those he opposed. His attack on the followers of Jesus ensured that he would continue to climb in the esteem of his colleagues. It wasn’t until his conversion on the road to Damascus, however, that his life mission and legacy were revealed. For Saul to be converted from a relentless Jewish zealot to a passionate Christian missionary, he had to be broken.
When Jesus encountered Saul on the road to Damascus, Saul fell to the ground, he was struck blind, and, because he could not navigate on his own, he had to be led by the hand to his destination. After being broken, Saul experienced a breakthrough that would not only reorient his life but would also transform the world. Having been struck blind, Saul finally began to see. Saul became Paul, and the world has never been the same.
Could your present brokenness be a prelude to a powerful breakthrough?
Lord, I don’t want to be broken any more than I want to discover that the way I am living my life is set against Your will and purposes. However, I need the truth. I need You to stop me in my tracks if I am headed in the wrong direction, and I need to be broken if that will be the way I experience a breakthrough in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.