February 24, 2018
Read Acts 9:1-19
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Scripture- Acts 9:13- “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias...So Ananias went and found Saul.
Observations- Saul (well, God, of course!) is the star of this chapter as Jesus supernaturally appears to him and confronts Saul with his persecution of His followers. It puts Saul on his knees and literally blinds him, but he had been so stricken with spiritual blindness already. There's another man- a believer minding his own business- when God speaks to him about coming to help Saul. Naturally, he says, "But Lord..." It took a little more convincing from the Lord, but Ananias was all in once he was clear God was fully in the request.
Application- When we are truly listening for the still, small voice of the living God to speak into our lives, "But Lord..." is a natural and normal response. We want more information, or we need more time to seek to understand the ways God's call might drastically affect our lives. In the end, however, it's always time for it to be said, "So Jamie went and did what God asked of him." What is your "But Lord?" and what is your "So?"
Prayer- (by Ron Beers) O God, my life is so noisy- and sadly, it resounds more often with ringing phones and droning televisions than with praise and worship for you. Do I ever pause and wonder what momentous things you might be preparing to do in my life? How many moments of awe-inspiring anticipation do I miss by never being still before you? I need your help to discipline myself. Help me to build a few moments of silent anticipation into each day, making time to pray and open myself up to what you want to do in and through me. I pray, God, that in these moments, you will reveal enough of your plan to make me ready for your great purposes in my life. I come before you with reverent awe and anticipation for the glorious future that lies ahead. Amen.
"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),
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