Friday, 27 November 2020
“And he said, “Who are you, Lord?”” – Acts 9:5a NLT
Apostle Paul was a pharisee who was accomplished far above his peers. He even boasts that among his peers none came close to him. He was proud of his accomplishments and his heritage. He devoted his whole life to doing the “will of God”. He knew the law and even went to the extent of claiming he was completely faultless in terms of the law (Philippians 3:4-6). He was on his way to Damascus to arrest the “blasphemous” Christians who were distorting the law that he had grown to love. It was there that he encountered the LORD for the very first time. He had spent his whole life being taught about GOD and he thought he knew Him. For the very first time in his life, he then realized that he does not know who GOD is. He was humbled and asked thee most pertinent question of his entire existence, “Who are you, Lord”?
At that very moment, everything he thought he knew and all the knowledge he had acquired came to an end. At that moment he lost his most important sense so that GOD could take over and lead him. He was arrested and had to completely rely on GOD to lead him. In verse 20 (after the encounter and spending time with the disciples) we are told that he immediately began to preach. My question is what happened in that encounter that completely transformed his life?
Many people in the Bible lived simple and mundane lives up until they encountered GOD. There is something about this encounter that is like nitrous oxide to your lethargic V6 engine. Gideon, Moses, and Paul are examples of how a genuine encounter with the LORD transforms your walk with Him, you move from the realm of believing to that of knowing. There is a difference between believing in Jesus and knowing him. Those that know Him bear abundant and juicy fruit because their love for Him comes from their knowledge of Him.
This teaching made me realize that my knowledge of scripture is exactly that, knowledge. What I should aspire to is to know Him. Christ while praying for Lazarus said “Father, I know that you always hear Me”, he didn’t say “I hope you hear Me”. I’ve always been fascinated by where this confidence came from, now I understand where it came from, it came from His knowledge of His Father. It’s no longer enough to just know the Word, I want to know the author. Who knows, in my seeking, I may just even get an autograph.
A genuine encounter with the LORD transforms your walk with Him, you move from the realm of believing to that of knowing