Ananias had heard about Saul of Tarsus, how cruelly he had treated those who professed faith in Jesus Christ. And this cruel man had the backing of the religious authorities: “and he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.”
This is what Ananias, a faithful believer tells Jesus, as if the Lord does not already know.
Thank God for him though, Ananias is not that stubborn to insist that he knows better than the Lord, and to disobey Jesus’ directive that he visit Saul. On hearing the greater plan- “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name” Ananias yields and goes to be an agent in Saul’s anointing and commissioning which came from God.
What do we learn from this? Are we ready to let God to the picking and choosing instead of us? In our scheme of things, some of God’s chosen ones simply do not qualify.
But do we?
O Jesus Christ, grow thou in me,
and all things else recede:
My heart be daily nearer thee
from sin be daily freed.
Each day let thy supporting might
my weakness still embrace;
my darkness vanish in thy light,
thy life my death efface.
In thy bright beams which on me fall,
fade every evil thought;
that I am nothing, thou art all,
I would be daily taught.
Johan Caspar Lavater (1741-1801)
Trans : Elisabeth Lee Smith (1817-98)