Observation: God’s promise in scripture is that if we seek Him we will find Him. In an unusual way, I think Saul was seeking God even though he found himself in opposition to God. True to His promise, God made sure Saul found Him.
Question: Why do we question God? Ananias seems like an incredibly godly man, but he did here what we do so often. He questioned what God was calling him to do rather than immediately obeying. God obviously knew about Saul’s history. All Ananias had to do was obey. That is all we have to do.
Application: Peter had such a difficult time getting past some of his tradition and preconceived notions. I fear this happening to me and our church. I want to stay moldable and to live before God with ears and eyes open to His work and ways.
Prayer: Father, I praise You that You can take those who oppose You the most and humble them. I praise You for how you gave Your church peace through the conversion of Saul/Paul. I pray You would help me to pray for the most vocal opponents to Christianity and to pray with confidence in Your ability to work in their lives.
Barnabas was mentioned a few chapters back. Now he steps forward to boldly advocate for Saul/Paul, a risky move. Are we, like Ananias, Peter, and Barnabas willing to step out of our comfort zone? Martin Luther King said: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.