READ: Acts 9:1-19 (esp., v10-17a)
- Having God speak to you can be incredibly disconcerting. You can almost feel the anxiety rise as Ananias hears God say, “Go tell Saul what to do.” While Ananias fears talking to Saul, it appears he doesn’t fear talking to God. Ananias all but tells God to take a hike. He’s not going to go to a person who has wreaked havoc on Christians elsewhere and plans to do the same where he is now.
- Ananias’ resistance is surely understandable. His reluctance is probably a mirror of the response we would have had…or could have recently had to someone with whom God told us to speak. But, stop and think about it. Saul becomes Paul, the great church planter who wrote half of the New Testament (by number of books). What would have become of him if Ananias had resisted speaking to him, simply from fear or from the conviction that Saul would never listen?
- Some conversations have short term consequences. Where to go to lunch doesn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things. In fact, in light of all that transpires in the world, even our greatest decisions are a little puny. But other conversations, like Ananias and Saul, had consequences that were nearly immeasurable. We should all be challenged to take conversations about Jesus seriously. We never know the future influence of the one with whom we are speaking.
- To whom is God prompting you to speak?
- What are the dangers?
- What are the potential positives?
PRAY: Commit to faithfully following God’s prompting to speak. Ask God to open doors for your words. Pray for the person to whom you are speaking to listen.