As we've seen from many of the lessons in Acts, Paul was quite a troublemaker, just be his mere presents. In today's passage, we find Paul trying to attend church, but others recognize him as the Apostle. The Jews were very unhappy with the message Paul was teaching, especially to the Gentiles. A riot ensued as they tried to attack Paul. But in typical Paul style, as the Roman soldiers literally are bodily carrying him out, he requests to talk with the people.
There is one thing I want to focus on today from this entire passage. Paul starts by telling his story. Read verses 6 & 7:
"About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me?'"
Quite the attention grabber, wouldn't you say? There was no way Saul could miss God talking with him. God certainly had his attention.
How does God get your attention? I know he probably is not sending a bright light from heaven. Does He have to bring out the heavy artillery like financial problems, sickness, death, loneliness, etc. before you turn to Him? Can you see Him sitting in your prayer place quietly waiting for you to return to time with Him? He desperately wants to spend time with you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.