Daily Devotion Saturday, August 25th

Saturday, August 25, 2012 – Psalm 56; Job 3:1-26; Acts 9:10-19a and John 6:41-51

Acts 9:10-19a – 10Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11The 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, 12and 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.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15But 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; 16I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So 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.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus,

At this time Saul was blind in two ways. He was physically blind and he was spiritually blind. He was one who persecuted and arrested those who followed Jesus. He saw this as his mission in life, at least until Jesus appeared to him from heaven and blinded him. (That was yesterday’s reading – Acts 9:1-9.) No wonder Ananias was reticent about going to him and healing him of his blindness, I would have been also.

In our reading today we hear how God had called Saul to be his instrument in sharing the gospel to the Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel. We also hear God’s call to Ananias to be the one through whom God heals Saul of his blindness and through whom the Holy Spirit comes upon Saul.

I really believe God calls us each day to be a part of his bringing about his Kingdom on earth. This is what God was about with Saul and Ananias and I believe is about with us today. At times God’s call to serve him is as clear as it was to Saul and to Ananias. At other times its simply having the opportunity presented to us to be God’s instrument.

We teach children to stop, look and listen before crossing the street. For us this is true as we go about our day. We should take time to stop, we’re so busy doing that we often don’t take time to stop. Then look about us, see who and what is going on throughout our day. Then listen. Listen for God’s voice, God’s Spirit guiding us to help build his Kingdom on earth by speaking or listening to another, or by participating with others in doing God’s good work this day.

Friend as Ananias was God’s instrument to Saul. So we are God’s instrument this day, in reaching out and sharing God’s love and good news. So take time to stop, look and listen.

O God, thank you for all the opportunities you present to us to participate with you in building your Kingdom on earth. Forgive me for the times I’ve been blinded by the business of life or frozen in fear for doing that which you call me to do. Today, may I be open to hearing your call and following, so others can know of Your love, Your grace and Your peace. Amen.

Psalm 56 – 9cThis I know, that God is for me.
10  In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11a  in God I trust; I am not afraid.

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