A Matter of Choice
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 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. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Choices…we all have them, of that we can be certain and understand that is an absolute for all of mankind. In looking through verses for this writing I came to an obvious yet interesting (at least to me) observation. Throughout God’s Word I don’t believe there is a single person who didn’t have a choice to make at some point that is described or explained. Many of these choices could have been small while others were enormous in nature.
In this verse Ananias is given a direction by God himself, which turns into a choice to be made on the part of Ananias. Even after hearing God’s instruction Ananias still doubts and essentially tries to argue with God. My initial reaction to this was utter shock, thinking that if God tried to tell me something directly that I would of course never disregard what I was instructed to do but simply listen. I then realized this isn’t always the case and is something I like many of us struggle with. Do we not hear what God is sometimes telling us and then use our own rationale to cause doubt and argue with God? We can often use our own human mind to talk ourselves into hearing and doing what we want. In the end, Ananias yielded to the direction from God and made the appropriate decision to hear the word of God and follow it.
Without overstating, because this premise of choice affects us all I have talked with a multitude of friends and family this week that are facing very different circumstances and choices therein. Of course some are large that could change their lives while others have been smaller. No matter the scope of the choice my advice has been constant. That advice has been go to the Lord in prayer and seek only His will and to also ask for others to pray that they might hear from the Lord in making their decision. I can only hope and pray that all of us will take our choices before Him and align ourselves with His perfect will for our lives. When we hear His voice we can take such a comfort in knowing that because He only plans good for us that we are to be so blessed in following His voice.