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"In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, 'Ananias!' 'Yes, Lord,' he answered. The Lord told him, 'Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.' 'Lord,' Ananias answered, 'I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.' NIV version
What is your answer when the Lord calls?
We see, in this passage, an example of Jesus telling someone to do something and He is answered with excuses. When the Lord gives us instructions (which He still does today), we must be ready to act without excuses.
Ananias answered the Lord's command with fear but we are called to trust and not fear anyone of this world.
"But the Lord said to Ananias, 'Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their Kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.'" NIV version
Ananias had questioned God's selection of a servant. His protests did not sit well with the Lord. Jesus explains to Ananias that Saul/Paul was chosen by Him and that he would suffer much for sharing the good news.
How many times do we, as Christians, fall into the same thing and question God's decisions. We must understand that God is sovereign and He does not have to check his decisions with us. It is not like His choices for leaders must go through a confirmation process. He says it and that has to be good enough just because of who God is.
"Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord- Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here- has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'" NIV version
Although he was afraid, Ananias was obedient and went to the house where Saul was staying. Then, he calls the man who had been persecuting the church "brother". He explains that it is Jesus that has sent him and why he has come.
Have you been in any situations where it was tough and scary to obey the Lord? If so, take comfort in the fact that God will take care of you. Remember this story of Ananias and the man that would become the apostle to those of us who were not Jews.