Acts 9:1-25; Joshua 3:1-5:1; Job 22
“Uhm, God? Do You really understand what You are doing?” Oh, come on, you know you’ve asked that question before. That question rings through Scripture in different forms as His people seek to make sure that God understands the situation as well as they do. Ananias from Damascus got the message from God that he was supposed to help Saul. Ananias tried to set God straight: “Then Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.’” (Acts 9:13-16) Ananias learned very quickly that God knew what He was doing. Still, he had to step out on faith to go to Saul. When God gives us some tasks, we all wonder if God knows what He’s doing. Ananias went to the most enthusiastic church persecutor to pray with him that he might receive the Holy Spirit and his sight. We know the rest of the story. Saul became Paul and proclaimed the gospel throughout the Roman world. We may not be called to go pray for any “Sauls” but God speaks to us every day so that we might follow Him and reach others with the gospel. How willing are you to follow and obey God?
Lord, You have asked me to do some things that I haven’t been comfortable with. I haven’t always been faithful to Your call. Give me the strength and the faith to obey You in sharing Your love.