Often God’s working defies human explanation. It is not only the way He works, but the persons God chooses to work through. Like Ananias, we may question God’s selection of a person because from our limited knowledge and experience with that person, we may think they are unfit for God’s assignment. When the Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision that he should go and “look for a man of Tarsus named Saul” (Acts 9:11), Ananias resisted based on what he had “heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem” (9:13). Notice, Ananias was basing his response on what he had heard, not on all the facts.
The Lord never chastised Ananias for his doubt or questions regarding this man, but simply said, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Though Ananias did not know at this point the details of what happened between Jesus and Saul on the road to Damascus, it was enough to know that Saul would now be a “a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name”! The importance of this event was so great that confirmation of Saul’s conversion was not left to someone else to tell Ananias, it was the Lord Himself that made it clear and calmed his fears.
What is my point? The most important events on God’s calendar are communicated to those who are walking close to the Lord. Particularly when we face very important and difficult decisions, a close walk with the Lord will, in His way and time, make things very clear. ACTUALLY, every decision we make should be the result of a close walk and communication with the Lord. What a contrast this Ananias is from the one in Acts 5, who lied to the Holy Spirit and died on the spot.
Tomorrow we will examine why the Lord told Ananias that Saul would suffer much “for the sake of my name”.
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