Three Dark Days

God knew that the early church would need a leader. Someone who would be educated. Someone who would be driven. Someone who would be committed to teaching and preaching and building churches. Someone who wouldn’t let problems or difficulties stop him. Someone who could counsel and clearly write out the doctrines and principles the young believers would need. Saul was that man. God chose him to be the man to reach multitudes for Him. But Saul wasn’t ready. Oh, he was committed. He was driven. But he wasn’t yet ready for the work that God had for him. God had some more shaping to do. Some more molding and forming on this lump of clay who would come to be known as one of the greatest Christians of all time.   Acts 9:8-9 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.  And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.   So God took something away from him. His sight. For 3 days, Saul wandered blind as God worked in his life. He had to be led. Familiar things were taken away. Comfortable things were taken away. God was molding a great servant. Sometimes in our lives, God has to take some things away from us. Maybe it’s a job, maybe it’s a friend, maybe it’s a house or a car or money or something else. Maybe it’s something that no one else knows about, but God does. Maybe it’s even health.   And he has to take that away. It’s not because He is punishing you. It’s not because He no longer loves you. He is simply molding a shaping a better servant of God. We might not enjoy it. We probably won’t. Paul probably didn’t. Didn’t eat or drink for those 3 days. Probably in prayer. Probably could do nothing else. Saul could have become a great Christian without being blinded for those 3 days.   But he never would have been the Christian he could have been if God had not worked on him for those 3 long days.