Acts 9 begins with drama and intensity. Saul is breathing murderous threats against the followers of “the Way.” So hot is his rage, that he requests permission to travel outside of Jerusalem to find those believers who may have fled.
On the way, Jesus himself speaks to him. In a flash of light from heaven, everything changes for Saul. He hears the voice and no sooner does he learn that it is Jesus who is speaking to him, but he also discovers that he is now blind.
His companions lead him into the city, where he fasts for 3 days in complete darkness.
Why did God need to blind Saul for these days before he could receive his mission? I mean, verse 15 declares God’s purposes for Saul when it says,
“This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.“
So, why did Saul sit in darkness?
Sometimes in order to gain a new view of the future – a new calling, a new purpose, a new mission – we need to sit in the dark for awhile. We need to have everything else removed from our sight.
We must come to realize our need for direction, for guidance.
Into this void in Saul’s life, God sent His servant Ananias to speak His plan and Saul received vision – physically and spiritually. Verse 18 says,
“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.”
Whether you’re joyfully fulfilling God’s purpose each day, or waiting in the darkness for His plan to be spoken into your life, or somewhere in between, know that God’s desire is to direct you to make a difference for God’s Kingdom.
Sometimes that means we sit in darkness awhile before we receive our sight. These times can be hard, even challenging and confusing, but they also strengthen and grow us. Sit with the darkness. Trust God, who is constantly being revealed to you, for God will give you your sight.
The longing of God’s heart is to give you and I vision, mission, and purpose.
Wait. Trust. God will give you a vision.
– Pastor Tara VinCross