This is the final day of the posts on how failure is not God’s option. The first day we looked at the evil intentions of man and how God is greater than them. Yesterday, we looked at the softening of hard hearts. Today we finish it off with something that we all can relate to, fear.
God is far greater than our fears
What are you afraid of? Some people are afraid of death, the loss of a job or terrorist attacks. Christians are often terrified of sharing their faith or answering questions that non-believers have. Fear can be helpful to us and it also can be incredibly debilitating to us.
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints 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
So, while God was getting the attention of Saul, he also was going to use someone else to help Saul. In fact, it was one of the very people who Saul was going to Damascus to round-up. It was an incredible act of God to use him as the one who would sort of welcome him into the group of people that he was persecuting.
Ananias had heard of Saul and wanted nothing to do with Saul. If truth be told, Ananias was afraid of Saul. Saul has harmed many believers and is planning to harm more. God, are you sure this what you want me to do here? Are you sure we don’t have some sort of connection problem?
God had a plan and His plan would not fail. An important piece of his plan of having the gospel spread was Saul, but someone who was important as well, was Ananias. Without Ananias’ obedience, Saul may not have gotten his sight back and gone out to share with the gentiles and you and I wouldn’t be here as believers today. This was vital. Of course, He may have done that anyway because God can accomplish His purposes without us. My point is that Annanias needed to be a willing servant and go, even if he was afraid)
“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” – Acts 9:15-16
And there it is, the completion. God had pushed Saul off course, caused him a delay, caused him to think and brought someone else alongside him to help bring him the rest of the way.
This is how it ought to work. God is drawing people to Himself, using whatever means he chooses, penetrating hearts, changing the lives and using us as willing people who will go and do, even when it seems uncomfortable.
How is this encouraging you today? What does God have in mind for you? There really is no limit to what it could be because our God is not limited.