Acts 9:10-12 – “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.”
Written by: Russ Ripley
In Acts 9 we read about Saul of Tarsus, a persecutor of the early followers of Jesus. He had received letters to the synagogues in Damascus telling him that if he found any followers of Jesus he could “bring them bound to Jerusalem.” The followers of Jesus in Damascus knew about Saul and were very afraid of him. On the way to Damascus, Saul had a miraculous encounter with God and, as a result, became blind. His traveling companions took him to Damascus.
God then speaks to a Jesus follower named Ananias in a vision and tells him to go to the house where Saul is staying. Ananias has real concerns about what the Lord is telling him to do. He reminds the Lord of “how much evil he (Saul) has done to the saints in Jerusalem.” But the Lord does not change His instructions. In that moment, Ananias has a decision to make. Does he do what the Lord has told him to do, or does he go as far from Saul as he can?
Ananias obeys what God told him to do and Saul receives his sight and is filled with the Holy Spirit. Not only does Saul receive healing but in verse 20 it says, “And immediately he (Saul) proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying “He (Jesus) is the Son of God.”
Ananias could have let fear and apprehension stop him from obeying God, but he didn’t. He trusted God and the blessings He brought about through the Apostle Paul (formerly Saul) are still being felt today.
Thought of the day: Is there something God is leading you to do that feels very scary? You can trust God to help you in whatever it is. He loves you and is faithful to be with you through it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to trust and obey You. I know it is always better to do what You say. Thank You for leading me today. Amen.