Hello Wonderful people! I was writing this post, mid-week and I decided that it was too long to put into one article. So this part will be about how God is Greater than everything else. It will be in the catagory of Light, but the only Light based thing in this will be the Scripture.
The Second part to this will be posted over the next few days, so make sure you keep checking if it’s been published. I’ll be sure to be tweeting my link over and over, but just make sure you keep an eye out for it.
The Scripture for these two Parts will be Acts 9:3-18. This Part being verses 3-8 and part two being 10-18. There is no verse 9, because it’s not needed. And I couldn’t think of anything remotely funny to say about it.
God is Greater than everything. That’s why he’s named God. God of all things. God of everybody. God of mercy. God of Grace. God of Love. God of Hope. God of… God of whatever you want, because he’s the God of everything.
After Jesus’ Death, they was a guy, Saul, Who murdered Christians. I don’t know what his problem was, but as you can tell he wasn’t a very nice man. Saul had just visited a High Priest to find out where Christians where and hopefully take them as prisoners to Jerusalum.
Verse 3) ‘As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him’
As you can see this scripture has been taken because it’s carrying on the Light theme. That Light was the powerful Light of God. God’s Great Light.
Verse 4) ‘He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me?”‘
Obviously, this is the voice of Jesus. Giving him a right ol’ telling off for his great sins. Great sins mean that Our Great God setting us straight. He’s Greater than our sins. Grreater than anything we could possibly achieve. Saul fell to the ground, not by something that pushed him down, but by something that shone upon him. He got knocked down by our Great God, so that he could be built up so much higher! It doesn’t matter where you are now, if you’ve been surrounded by a Great Light then God wants to knock you down and rebuild you into something so much stronger and higher. Saul thought he was a man of Great power, but he got knocked down by something so much greater than him. Just to prove he his power was no comparison to God’s. He got knocked down by a Light. Nothing physical. Just a Light. Now do you believe me when I say God’s light is powerful?
Verse 5) (i) ‘”Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.’
Well, You’ve dropped yourself in it there Saul; “Who are you, Lord”
It’s obvious that it’s God, why are you asking who it is? What, did you think that you could just go and kill Christians and not be told off for it? Nah, it doesn’t work like that. I always wonder when I read that verse, he doesn’t ask “Who are you?”, he asks “Who are you, Lord?” He knows it’s Lord, Yet asks anyway. He knew he was doing wrong, and knew God would punish him for it. But he did nothing to stop what he was doing, he just kept on persecuting Christians. If you know you’re doing wrong against God, then Stop! It’s not doing you any favours. You’re better off accepting you’ve done wrong and learning from it than denying God even exists. You can’t just push him to the side, He’s the centre – and creator – of the universe. How do you cast aside something so Great as God? You can’t, That’s what I’m saying. God’s the unmoveable object. He never changes.
Verse 5) (ii) ‘”I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied.’
Really, Jesus was saying “Yeah, That’s right. I am Jesus. I am Lord. I am the one you’re persecuting. You know it’s me who has knocked you to the ground with this Light, but I’m going to tell you anyway. I am Jesus!” – What a ‘roid!
Verse 6) ‘”Now Get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do”‘
All of a sudden, Saul’s gone from this Big Bully to a small, helpless boy. Taking orders from the very one who he persecuted. There’s a theme here. God is Greater. He’s greater than those who persecute you. Just persevere with them, soon they’ll be knocked down by his great power and light too!
Verse 7) ‘The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone’
I love this verse. I can just imagine them swanning along, being loud-mouthed, thinking that they own the place and then BAM! They’re speechless, nothing to say. Nothing to do. Helpless. Speechless. That’s what you get for following someone against God. You’re left, stood there, Speechless.
Verse 8) ‘Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus’
After being told what to do by God, Saul get’s up. But he sees nothing. That Light from God was so Great that it blinded Saul! Now I know what you’re thinking. “I sure don’t want to sin against God, he’ll make me lose my sight. Ohh, No, I ain’t sinnin’ any more”
Read those words in the speech marks again, but this time in a Southern American Accent.
Well, I’m not including this verse to threaten you, It’s here to tell you that when you’re in the dark for so long and then when you see light for the first time, you get blinded by it. Well Saul was in Darkness, those things he did put him in the Dark. And when he saw God’s Light, it blinded him. When we see the first light for the first time, yes it blinds us, but after a while our vision comes back and we appreciate it. Well This is where I’m going to end This part. Are you stuck in the dark, trying to get out, well I think you just need to get down on your knees, show that you’re surrendering yourself to God. Show that you want to be cleaned. God wants you to see, but first it might mean that you’ll have to be blind, it might mean that you will have to knock down some things in your life and rebuild them. Re-lay some foundations and start again. You’re blind for a reason, soon you’re sight will come back. Read the verse. Read what happens to Saul and then you’ll understand that you’re eyesight will come back. God is Greater than anything we can accomplish. He’s greater than our fears, sins, losses, worries, deeds, words, thoughts. God is Greater. God can restore your eyesight, just be willing to be blind first.
Keep checking for Part 2 to this Article.
Thanks for reading. See you soon