Acts 9:1-22

Today’s devotion is written by Pastor Vance Rains.

The Bible is full of “call” stories…

“Noah, build a boat.”

Abram and Sarai (later, Abraham and Sarah), leave home, go somewhere you’ve never been, and become the parents of a chosen nation.”

“Moses, deliver my people from slavery and lead them to the Promised Land.”

“Jonah, go to tell the Ninevites I will destroy them.”

“Mary, be the mother of the Messiah.”

“Simon, Andrew, Peter and John, follow me and fish for people.”

And, then there was Ananias of Damascus, called by God to heal the blindness God inflicted on Saul. BTW – Saul, the Pharisee, was on a campaign to arrest known Christians, and have them stoned to death. Ananias, not understanding Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus, had reservations regarding God’s call. Understandable – I would have too.

This exact scenario plays out over and over in Scripture. God calls a particular person to do a particular task. The called person usually says “No thank you, I don’t think so, it won’t work, wrong person, pick someone else, NO! “ and then explains to God why God is wrong.

God is never wrong.

Ananias told God, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” (Acts 9:13-14)

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:14-15)

What happened next, you ask? God didn’t, hasn’t, doesn’t, won’t take “no” for an answer. When God calls, God already knows our objections, our feelings of inadequacy, our prone-ness to disobedience, our fears. God tolerates our objections, already knowing we have them, and the call remains. God doesn’t give up so easily!

Have you ever sensed God calling you to do something, but offered God excuses instead of obedience? What happened?

In this “Season of the Spirit,” what new thing might God be calling you to do?

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