The title question is the first recorded prayer of Saul more commonly referred to as Paul after his encounter with Jesus. Have you ever wrestled with the question, “Who are you, Lord?” I mean really pondered it or even asked God as Saul did.
At a glance, it’s a simple prayer of four little words. Yet receiving an answer to the question from God Almighty is far from simple, it is extraordinary—life changing. Saul was struck blind, physically blind, and did not eat or drink for three days following this unexpected meeting with the Lord. Even those with Saul were greatly impacted by the event.
Saul was on his way to Damascus with letters in hand giving him the authority to arrest any followers of Jesus. He saw them as trouble for the Jews.
“As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’
‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul said.
‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink” (Acts 9:3-9, CSB).
Years ago, I began to routinely beseech God with Saul’s question. As God answers, I find he unsettles everything I thought I knew. God does and will answer this prayer coming from a sincere heart. I wish I could tell you the answer. But I’m humbled and grateful that I cannot. How small would God be if I or any of his creation could easily define him with eloquent words?
Rather, I can tell you the more God reveals himself to me, the more awestruck I am that he made me, loves me, forgives me, and desires an intimate relationship with me. The God who created, spoke everything into existence, longs to have a devoted, personal connection with his creation but gives us free will to choose him. That is amazing and incomprehensible!
Is it any wonder the numerous poems, song lyrics, essays, blogs and books written by people who are transformed by the Living God? Has the Lord transformed you? Please share a life-changing encounter you have had with the Creator.
Dear Father God, give me a faithful heart to serve well, like Joseph, despite any dire circumstances that may occur. Fill me with unwavering trust, like Job, to praise you and accept what is permitted to touch my life. Make me as loyal to follow you, Lord, as Ruth was to Naomi. Cause me to be vigilant in prayer, like Daniel, in every situation. Make me as compassionate and loving, as Hosea. And make me willing to bear my cross, as Jesus did for me. Amen.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About section if you want to read more of my story.
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