Wednesday, October 2, 2013

You Said What?

You have got to love a guy that has the courage to question God, right? Actually, I think he's a bit of an idiot myself, but maybe that's just me. We meet a guy by the name of Ananias in Acts 9 who gets a visit from God, telling him to go do something. Except the thing he is supposed to do is go and heal the temporarily blind Saul, who has been going around arresting Christians, guarding coats while Christians get killed and generally making a nuisance of himself.

But God has other plans.

But what I actually love is that God has confidence that Ananaias is going to eventually obey, because God has already given Saul a vision of a guy named Ananias healing him. So unless God had another healing disciple by the name of Ananias who lived in Damascus, it was going to be this guy.

I'm not saying Ananias didn't have a choice. I'm saying God knew what that choice would be. More importantly, Ananias was clearly the kind of guy who felt close enough with God to at least question what he heard. 

So many people in church today lament not hearing from God in a way they decipher clearly. Ananias was apparently so used to hearing God's voice that he took a moment to second guess the command. 

Yesterday I asked an important question. Today I have another. What changes would you have to make in order to feel this comfortable with God? What habits need to be formed so you can not just hear God's voice once in a while (you think) but hear His voice so often you recognize it? And what would it take for you to be surprised at some of the things God asks you to do?

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