As we examine Saul’s/Paul’s life, questions flow out of his experience that immediately challenge our own reactions and motives in relating to other people. Put yourself in the sandals of Ananias in Acts 9. It is obvious that he knew Saul and the persecution this man had brought against the Early Church. Take a moment and read these few verses.
“Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name”” (Acts 9:10–14).
Before we criticize Ananias for being judgmental or prejudiced, let’s look at his good qualities.
· He is a man near enough to the Lord that he knows when the Lord is speaking to him and is responsive when the Lord speaks to him. Are you?
· Ananias is very protective of the Church. So should we be, but in the right way.
Notice though that Ananias is basing his reaction on the news reports (gossip) about Saul. How often do we react in the same way rather than listening to the Lord’s request and obediently reaching out to those in whom God is working? The catch to this question is that we will never see where God is working until we follow His instructions. Tomorrow we will see what happened.
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