What do Bar-Jesus people know?
Acts 13: 11
“Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”
The Bar-Jesus people act differently. They don’t use their hands to craftily fool others. In fact it is nothing of themselves that is able to change any situation. Bar-Jesus people know about the hand of the Lord.
His hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:5
And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. Psalm 118:16
If you want the ground under you to be firm then the hand of the Lord forms dry land.
If you wonder what is happening to you then know that the hand of the Lord is working in and through you.
If you are facing enemies then the hand of the Lord will rise with you.
How amazing is this, how encouraging for us today!
Bar-Jesus people (the sons and daughters of Jesus) know this.
Paul knew that he did not need to do anything, God would.
Interestingly, Paul pronounces what perhaps was a temporary blindness which is as we know part of his testimony. ‘For a time’ was for Paul up until he repented and surrendered to the Lord. Maybe this is what he means for Elymas. Certainly his story and experience is not wasted. It is clear his Damascus Road experience is still fresh with him and he uses that in his approach to others. Nothing in your life is wasted. Even when the hand of the Lord is against you for a time it will be used later for His kingdom.