Before we knew God’s Story—we made a mess of our own! Can God make good out of our bad?
He did with Paul. The apostle’s words are recorded in Acts 22:6-7, “As I journeyed and came near Damascus…suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me…” What do you think the voice said? I’m going to give you a taste of your own medicine. Prepare to meet your Maker! Did Paul expect to hear words like these? Regardless, he didn’t.
Even before he requested mercy, Paul was offered mercy. God said, “I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see…I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven.” Jesus transformed Paul, the card-carrying legalist, into a champion for mercy. Who would have thought?