The apostle Paul had quite a journey on the road to Damascus. For a committed, passionate, dogmatic person, it must have been an incredible shock to his system. He had grown up in a religious system that had groomed and directed him to the man that he was that day. He must have had a hunger to serve his God and he devoted his life to do just that. He did everything ‘right’!
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (Philippians 3:5,6)
I wonder what he was thinking the seconds before he met the Lord Jesus Christ . In Acts 8, prior to the road to Damascus incident recorded in Acts 9, Saul(Paul) had known and consented with the death of the wonderful believer Stephen and proceeded to ravage believers everywhere he could.
Just before Stephen died he spoke in a loud voice for everyone to hear including Saul, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” What kind of an impression did that have on Saul? There must have been something going on in his mind. The first thing Paul said to Jesus was:”Who art thou, Lord?”.
I love Acts 9:17-18:
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
The phrase ‘as it had been scales’ is interesting. He received his sight not only physically, but spiritually as well. There was a clearing of the blindness to the one true God and his son and what it all meant.
There are times when I’m reading the Bible, something just jumps out at me and it gets me to think: “What is God actually saying here?” There are times I am amazed at the simplicity of truth in its beautiful context. Man and religious theology has made things complicated. Mystical gyrations really aren’t God’s style.
There have been many times in our lives where things get blurry. Over and over when I feel the scales closing in, I remember how many times God says in his word that He does not want us ignorant and that He gives to all liberally that ask. God gave the gift of holy spirit. He gave His word and He provided a son to light the way back to Him. I think it is pretty evident that we can get answers from God. We need not be afraid to ask, nor feel not worthy to ask. We just simply need to ask.