He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4)
Relate: I just did a google search for this phrase in quotes: “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman”. It got 261,000 hits. That’s a lot of people who are wrong. One right near the top actually said we know that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman because scripture tells us. Oh really? He’s a counselor, a rebuker, a teacher, a convicter, a judge, an exhorter, an enabler, a baptizer, and a consuming fire but nowhere in scripture does it say that the Holy Spirit is a gentleman.
Its a good thing too. I can picture myself trudging along in my sin, stubborn as a mule. God comes up and taps me on the shoulder, “Pardon me, but you really shouldn’t be doing that.” I trudge along. He clears His throat, “I’m sorry for interrupting but I really must ask you to stop.” I turn my head and look at God, blink my eyes real slow, and keep plodding forward and deeper into the muck. “I am only looking for your own good. It would be best you turn around.”
React: No! Maybe for some others God can exhort, rebuke, and convict in a polite and gentlemanly way. I find that if He want’s my attention he needs to use a Spiritual two by four upside my head. He needs to knock me right off my high horse. Like Paul I need to be knocked off my… (donkey) and on to my… (butt) before He has my attention. I am grateful that I serve a God who loves me enough to discipline me. I am grateful that I serve a God who is willing to take away my sight until I finally see Him.
God, I thank You that You are not always gentle. I pray that You would give me a softer heart and more sensitive ears that I might respond to Your gentle urgings, but until that day, please pull out that two by four whenever necessary. Discipline me that I might live out a disciplined pursuit of You. Chastise me until I chase only after You. Blind me until You become my vision.