The world is not our home and we lament its sin-wrecked condition, riddled with disease and death and distress. But for the growing of Christian character, it is a proper training ground.
Is Your Experience Authentic?
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid.
Acts 9:7; 22:9
Paul’s companions had an “experience,” but they did not meet the Lord. It is possible to be present when great things happen without great things happening to you. It would have made a great story to tell afterwards about seeing a light, being afraid, hearing a voice, and standing speechless. That is about all that some witnesses are able to relate. One of Job’s comforters, Eliphaz, had quite a hair-raising account to give, but he knew little of God.
It was Paul who got through to Christ: “Who art thou, Lord?….Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” The important thing is to hear the Word of God and keep it, as Jesus said to the woman who spoke out in the meeting.
It is not enough to jump up and tell about seeing a light and hearing a voice. Did you face up to the “Who” and “What”-who the Lord is and what He wants you to do? There will be variations as to the lights you see and the voices you hear, but the “Who” and “What” are standard, they make the authentic experience.