Do you trust that God knows what He is doing?
So if the conversion of ‘Sorcerer Simon’ was a bit of a surprise, the conversion of murderous Saul of Tarsus was a completely different bunch of bananas. The very first verse of this chapter says, “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” Saul was bad news for the disciples, very bad news indeed. As a Pharisee, he had no authority of his own (we can think of the Pharisees as a sort of populist pressure group, not an official body with any official power) but he would have been acting on what the High Priest had said to him. No doubt the High Priest was glad to have someone to do the dirty work.
For some reason though, Saul of Tarsus is the man that Jesus chose to take the Gospel to the Gentiles, that is anyone who was not a Jew – you and me and the whole of the rest of the world. I think it’s safe to say that very few people would have seen that coming!
When we see it written down in our bibles, Ananias’ reaction (verse 13-14) looks a bit on the mild side! I can imagine what my reaction would be if Jesus asked me to go and pray with, and bring the Lord’s healing for, Saul. Even though it looks like quite a gentle retort (especially considering how surprising it would have been) Ananias does what we probably all do from time to time though with less serious things – he questions whether God know’s what He is doing.
Lord, are you sure? Do you know who he is? Have you seen what she’s done? Don’t you mean someone else?
It is good for us to remember that God is God and we are not. If we are committed to seeing God’s Kingdom grow then we also need to trust that He knows what He is doing. There may be times when we don’t like it that God is calling a particular person for something. Sometimes it’s really hard for us to help someone else become all they can be for God – especially when we don’t like them very much. But Ananias did what Jesus asked, Saul was healed and we know Jesus today in part because he did so.
Lord Jesus, I am sorry for the times when I have not trusted You because of my own selfish feelings. Help me to remember that you are Lord of all. Amen
Is there someone you know who God might be asking to do something? How can you help or encourage them to respond to that call? Who are the people you need to support despite things they may have done in the past?