A Word Not in God’s Dictionary

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“‘The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!’ And they praised God because of me.” Galatians 1: 23-24

The one who used to fight against us is now standing on our side.

Paul’s radical transformation story from persecutor to preacher inspires me any time I read portions of it again.  Over the years, it has become my go to testimony in Scripture whenever I’m tempted to forget what God is capable of doing in a person’s life.

Life change is proof that something profound has happened inside a person’s heart and mind.  And, I love that God chooses a murdering Pharisee to show us that no one is out of His reach.  I love that we can look at Paul’s journey and be reminded that the word hopeless is not even a word that exists in God’s dictionary.

Sometimes I’m  guilty of having the same disbelief that I’m certain many of the people who were persecuted at the hands of Paul or knew of his reputation must have had.  There is no way that love could ever find that man and change his heart.  No way.

It’s almost as if God enthusiastically accepts humanity’s challenge to prove to us, the chronic doubters, that His grace, His love, and His forgiveness really and truly have no limits.

I’m not sure what your situation is today.  Perhaps you are stranded in a pit right now and there seems to be no way out.  Perhaps you are on the run and you’re too terrified to stop and turn around.

I don’t know.

But, I do know, that God is infinitely bigger than whatever you are going through.  I do know that things are not hopeless. You are not hopeless. There is a light that is constantly pursuing you. There is a love that refuses to leave you alone in the dark. It fights for you!

Will you choose to look for this light today? Will you choose to open the eyes of your heart and let this love and this truth wash over you?

I hope you will.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20

2 thoughts on “A Word Not in God’s Dictionary

  1. tim gallen

    oh, eileen, what wonderful words you share today! the world is full of reminders of god’s love and power, yet you’re so right that paul’s transformation “from persecutor to preacher” must be the greatest. how easy is it for us to forget the influence and power our creator has and wields. but he is ever-present. he is steadfast. we may not always understand the why or where or when or what or how, but we must remember he is on our side and his grace and mercy and love know no bounds. how are we not constantly bouncing off the walls with joy at such good news??

    thanks for sharing. be blessed!


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