In 1960, everyone in the high school that David McCasland attended participated in Project TALENT. For several days, they took tests that surveyed their aptitudes in academic subjects. In addition, they were asked to express their plans, hopes, and dreams for the future. What they didn’t know was that they were among 400,000 participants from 1,300 schools in the largest study of high school students ever conducted in the U.S. None of them involved in the study could have imagined how their lives would turn out.
The same was true for Saul of Tarsus. As a young man, his goal was to destroy the followers of Jesus. But, after renewing his life, he became the apostle Paul, whose mission was to multiply them. As he journeyed to Jerusalem, facing prison and hardship, Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
When our goal is to honor the Lord, He guides and guards us each step of the way. Whatever our hopes and dreams may be, when we place them in God’s hands we know that everything, including setback or success, is under His control. ~ David McCasland
Excerpt from Our Daily Bread, RBC Ministries 2012
Acts 7:58 to 8:3