Saul, who would become soon the Apostle "Paul," was persecuting the Church of God and causing the disciples of Christ to be scattered abroad. They had, thus far, mostly remained in Jerusalem, though they had the Great Commission from the ascending Christ to go into all the world with the Gospel. God used even persecution to spread the Gospel to new lands.
O Lord, You truly work in mysterious ways to perform Your wonders. Your plans are not what we would have chosen, but You show their glory and wisdom time and again to our wondering eyes. You can use a bad thing for good. All things that occur are a part of Your plan, for You are the Ruler of all history. We praise You for Your wisdom and rejoice in Your work!