A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for February 12, 2020
Text: ". . . I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus" Galatians 1:17
Paul's dramatic conversion and his early travels contain a fascinating sidebar-- his venture into Arabia and his return to Damascus.
Three years had elapsed, and Paul still had not met the Church leadership in Jerusalem. Finally, he makes the trip to get to know those who were apostles before he was. While there in Jerusalem he spends fifteen days with Peter and gets introduced to James, the half-brother of Jesus.
Paul was certainly well-schooled in the Scriptures and displayed great skill in delivering his testimony to various audiences. His ministries of deliverance and healing were still to blossom, but Paul would have seemed to many wholly equipped to do the work of the ministry.
However, in God's providence and undoubtedly led by the Holy Spirit, Paul spent three years in Sand Seminary. Certainly there were times of solitude and godly contemplation. It was only after those three equipping years that he ventured forth into his life's work.
Could it be that those who hurry to do God's work may find that it is not God's work at all? The God who took eighty years to mold Moses is never in a rush. He waits until His servants are ready.