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Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “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.” So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
There’s No Telling
In our society we’re gotten in the habit of making judgments without hearing all the information. As a matter of fact, we often make decisions before getting any information at all. For example, there are plenty of folks who allow their own political perspective to provide all the background they need to decide if a statement is true and if the speaker is trustworthy. I mean, if you’re a dedicated follower of President Trump, every comment made on CNN is a sterling example of FAKE news and the reporter is obviously some hack who’s trying to advance his leftist agenda by slandering the great man. On the other hand, there are other people who know exactly when the president is telling a lie or a gross exaggeration by just looking at whether or not his lips are moving. You see, neither side needs to listen, because they already know all they need to know. And neither side needs to think, because they can tell what is and isn’t true without straining a single brain cell. And although we see this kind of thing in modern politics all the time, it certainly isn’t limited to one arena.
But those who’ve bought into this view might be well served by taking a step back and considering Ananias’s position. I mean, when he was called by the Lord to go and see Saul of Tarsus, he’d already developed all kinds of perceptions of the man. My gosh, Saul had done evil things to the people of God; therefore, Ananias might have felt self-justified in assuming that the vision was just an underdone potato or blot of mustard and gone on with his life. But he didn’t do that. In spite of all his assumptions and opinions, he listened and considered what he’d been called to do. And then he did something truly remarkable; he trusted and he went to Saul and the rest is history. And I think that’s a pretty good lesson for us all. You see, even though we may be sure that we’re right, when it comes to the work and will of God, well, there’s just no telling.