294. Straight Street or Crooked Road?

“You ever notice,” Stan asked, “that it appears that Saul of Tarsus, who later became the apostle Paul, was staying on Straight Street when he was in Damascus after Jesus confronted him on the road heading there?”

“Not sure,” I responded.

“Well, it seems that he was,” Stan said.  “And there’s a lesson in that for me if I will only remember it.”

Continuing, he said, “As it is reported in the Book of Acts, Saul was really opposed to Christians.”

“He was committed to doing everything he possibly could to get rid of the Christians. Saul thought he was doing what God wanted, but he was way off base.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute more Christians when Jesus interrupted his journey and his life.  And when Saul made his way to Damascus, God put him on a street named ‘Straight’.”

He then said, “I like to think of that as Saul being on the crooked road of being opposed to God when God stepped in and moved him to a straight street where Saul’s life was dedicated to serving God as God intended.”

“God did the same thing with me,” Stan went on.   “I was on a very crooked path that was leading me farther and farther away from God.”

“But that was not what God had in mind for me.  He wanted me to be His.”

Continuing, Stan said, “God led me to His straight street, but the biggest question for me is whether or not I will continue to live on Straight Street or whether I will wander back to the crooked road.”

“Every day I have a choice to make of where I am going to be.  Am I going to be on the street God intends, or on the road I choose apart from Him?”

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Arise and go to the street called Straight.  Acts of the Apostles 9:11.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to live where you intend.  And thank you that you want me to be who and what you intend.  I confess that often I tend to wander where I want to go without you.  Please forgive all of those wanderings.  And please, Lord, lead me to where you want me to be, helping me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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