Saul in the New Testament in Acts 9:3, was "stopped in his tracks" "...And suddenly a light flashed around him from heaven."

Saul was totally enveloped in the presence of the Lord and the glory of the light blinded him for three days (Acts 9:3-9). He said this light was brighter than the noonday sun (Acts 26:13).

Saul was a strict Pharisee who persecuted the new Christians of The Way. He imprisoned many and even consented to the murder of Stephen.

But, suddenly God! Saul was knocked to the ground by the power of God and Jesus appeared to him and said, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" The head of the church tells Saul he is persecuting Him by harming His Body, the Church (Ephesians 1:22,23).

Saul was changed into another man and became known as the Apostle Paul. The light of the Lord shined into his life. The presence of the Lord delivered his life from destruction.

It is wonderful when God puts His touch on our circumstances! I am refreshed with the story from Luke 2:13,14, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men."

This verse teaches us that we are to be men and women of good will and of His favor. People of good will are people whom God favors and whose own will desires the heart of God.

God desires good for His children. He teaches this in Psalm 84:11B..."No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." It is also true that people who promote good will have peace.

We can fling or throw all of our burdens, anxieties, and problems to the Lord. The word cast means to send, shoot, or throw. We can shoot or throw as arrows, all of our fears, troubles, and worries upon the Lord.

The word cast also gives a picture of extending or stretching out a hand to the poor. It can also be a picture of sprouts or shoots as in Isaiah 16:8. Therefore, it can be said of a good church: "...her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea."

We must learn how to release every problem to the Lord. We weren't created to carry or support heavy loads.

Where do you send your cares? There is a great answer to this question found in 1 Peter 5:7..."casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."

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