Acts 22:12-13 – And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
Have you ever known someone whose life seemed to be amazingly parallel to your own? Even in stories of life about two people who seemed so diverse in estate, profession, or culture, we can see amazing parallels; the impact of a teacher, parental guidance, the love of one’s life, and so many other ways. But in today’s Second Miler, we are looking at Saul of Tarsus and the impact of a man named Ananias. Saul had a very personal encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, and in that encounter, the Lord had told him where to go to receive further instructions for his future and ministry. Having obeyed those orders from the Lord, the Lord fulfilled His commitment to Saul by sending a man named Ananias to Saul with specific instructions via word of knowledge and word of wisdom.
In that word from the Lord, Ananias spoke to Saul of the ministry to which the Lord was calling him. Now I have a question for you. Over recent days I have written about finding your Damascus; that place where you hear from the Lord. I have written about trust; trusting the hands that lead you when you don’t see your way. And here I write to you about the need to hear from your Ananias. We know that God is no respecter of persons. To that end, we must realize that just as the Lord had Ananias for Saul, He also has someone to speak into your life that which concerns your future work in the kingdom of God. If the Lord had someone to speak into the life of Saul, He has someone who can speak into your life. The question then arises, will you listen? Saul could have rejected Ananias. He had never met him. He did not know him. But instead of rejecting him, he listened and gave heed to him, because he wanted what the Lord intended for him.
So, to you I turn once again. Do you love the Lord? Do you want His will for your life? If you do, then there will be times in your life when you need an Ananias. It may be in your early days of walking with the Lord, or it could come after a few years, and even into the years that come decades into a fruitful ministry. God loves you more than you can imagine, and in that love is a place where He may insert an Ananias from time to time. When He does, listen. Your future is waiting for your obedience.
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Samuel 15:22