2010-08-09 - Who Are We to Judge?
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." (Acts 9:15)
Who was Anaias to question God, but Saul as God's spokesman? Saul was in town to arrest anyone who called on the name of the Lord. He was a man known for condemning Christians, not joining them. Was this a trick? Was Anaias hearing God correctly? What type of witness would Saul make? In human terms, Saul seemed like an unlikely choice, but Anaias obeyed God's command and followed His specific directions, and found Saul praying at Straight Street.
Anaias found a changed man. He anointed Saul, healed his blindness, and witnessed a miracle. Immediately Saul's sight returned, and he was baptized. Instead of denouncing believers, Saul began telling people about Jesus being the Son of God. Saul's transformation was genuine.
Instead of hurting Christians, Saul's new purpose was to convert people to Christianity. Even though Saul did not always act as he should, God saw potential in him. In fact, Saul went out of his way to persecute believers in Christ. He would have continued this hunt, if it hadn't been for Saul's direct encounter with God.
Lord, Don't let me be satisfied until all believe, all have an improved life, and all are granted the healing they desire. Once people see how You've changed me, may it give them hope, and open themselves up to Your plan. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Have you ever done something that seemed strange, but turned out to be God-inspired?