Have you ever been intentionally harmed by another person?
When we encounter pure evil it is hard to imagine this person, (causing trouble and pain), could ever become good and redeemable. But it can happen.
It seems we live in a day of increased violence and destruction. You see it on the news and social media more often now. It could be due to a combination of reducing some felony crimes to misdemeanors, along with a self serving entitlement generation, finally coming into full bloom.
Whatever the reason, none of us wants to encounter evil people.
The story of Saul is one such example. He was by today’s standards a feared violent murderous thug. He systematically harmed, and had people killed because they did not believe like he did. He was so persuasive with the community leaders, they gave him a permit, of approval to arrest and bring tremendous harm to people.
Imagine Gov leaders allowing harm and death to one group of people by another group that thought differently?
History certainly repeats itself regarding this subject, doesn’t it? The strong trying to wipe out the weak for some crazy reason.
Now back to Saul. He had just received his letter of approval to start rounding up people for slaughter. He was on the road (with two other thugs in training) when all of a sudden an intense light flashed, knocking him to the ground. When the dust settled he found himself to be blind and groping around for something to hold onto. His companions could still see, so it seems this encounter was specifically directed at Saul.
Then a voice spoke to him and asked why he was persecuting. Saul asked “is that you Lord?” He said “yes, it is Jesus who you are persecuting.”
Say what?!! Can it be true that if you are a violent criminal which preys on weaker people, you are actually doing so against the Lord?
So here’s what happened next. Jesus told him to get up and go to a specific house and meet a certain man named Anninias. Then Anninias would pray so his eye sight would return.
One minute he’s all powerful chasing scared people all over the city, and in a flash he can’t even see his hand in front of his face, and now taking directions from the very people he was harming.
Now, It would be nice if Jesus would show up at all these evil occurances, and blind the evil right out of people, but it may be that he wants us to handle things. Either way, it does not hurt to be prepared.
My take away is, we need to be very aware of our surroundings and the people in them. Be “Prepared and aware”, so if someone intends harm, they get what they deserve. Afterward if they have a genuine change of heart, there may be room for redemption.
But that’s Gods job, isn’t it? Ours is to protect our loved ones at all cost.
The whole story about Saul can be read in Acts 9:1-31