A Man Interrupted By God


Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, 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 at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.. — Acts 9:10-15

God loves to interrupt mankind. He will do this to both believers and unbelievers. His divine plan will interrupt our plans. And while we get irritated about this, we usually see what God wants us to see (notice the pun there).

What I enjoyed most about this text is that Ananias, while finally obedient, is initially reluctant. He expresses his concerns as he talks with God, which is a risky venture.

But I think at times, we all respond this way to interruptions by God. We are initially reluctant when consumed by a task and interrupted by a child in our home. We are initially reluctant when a family issue hijacks the better part of our day. We are initially reluctant when a friend requires urgent support and direction. But sometimes, these are not interruptions. They are divine redirections. God is redirecting a disciple consumed with themselves to get them to see a divine moment and a bigger need. For example, a child who needs love. A family member who needs help. Or a friend who needs support. And in hindsight, we will often proclaim, "I was initially reluctant, but I realized I was interrupted by God."

What's interesting is that following this moment we hear nothing more about Ananias. Ananias disappears from history. But his divine interruption led to the most important conversion in all history. Yes, in all history. Saul becomes a monster of the faith, takes the name Paul, and single-handedly wrote most of the New Testament and spread the message of Jesus Christ across the Roman empire.

So here's your actionable. When you are interrupted today, I want you to see this interruption with divine sight. First, pause. Second, set your task aside. Third, embrace the irritation of this moment. Fourth, stop thinking about yourself and your plans. Fifth, see God's plan in the interruption. Sixth, be obedient to his voice. You never know. The exchange that happens next and your righteous response could have divine ripples that affect mankind for generations.

ASK THIS: How do you typically respond to the interruptions of life? Have you ever seen them as divine? (Share this below)

DO THIS: Have a right response to divine interruptions. 

PRAY THIS: God, may the Spirit prepare me for you to interrupt my day. Do something surprising and divine.

PLAY THIS: Divine Exchange — Charity Gayle.


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A Man Interrupted By God

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16 thoughts on “A Man Interrupted By God

  1. David J says:

    Thank you Vince. This devotional hit home. I don’t do well with interruptions. With the help of the Lord I will focus on a new attitude towards interruptions.

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I used to get VERY irritated by interruptions, but now that I don’t have to commute to work, my stress level is very low, and has been for years, since before COVID. I moved from Virginia to Minnesota, but kept my job in Virginia, so I have worked from home for about 8 years now. The only interruptions that STILL get me angry are home distractions that take away from my work, but I am working on not letting those light my fuse because God can and does extinguish our anger when we ask Him to.

  3. Duane McPheeters says:

    Thanks Vince: this hit me this morning from today’s DEVO. My wife this last Tuesday 8/17 suddenly and unexpectedly. And God interrupted our plans to move closer together to be around our kids and grandkids in another part of California. Lindann graduated to be with Lord on her 63rd birthday. She lived All In for Jesus Christ. I’m overwhelmed by the care of God’s people. He interrupted us because his plan was for her to be with the Lord. Thank you again for this moment of truth. She loved and sought the truth. Jesus is the truth. Duane McPheeters Santa Rosa, Ca.

    • Vince G says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
      My wife is battling stage 4 cancer.
      I pray I may be as strong as you, when she departs to be with the Lord.
      God bless you brother.

  4. Keith Scott says:

    I have not consciously acknowledged that they were divine, but intuitively it makes a lot of sense. I’m distracted daily and it throws a monkey wrench in my well layed out plans, with many mad or distracted by me. But those distractions , when I yield to them, are usually the highlight of my day and what I go to bed thinking about at night, so I have learned they are super important. Thx gor calling this to my attention!!

  5. Art says:

    What insight and truth there is in what you presented through God’s word this morning – we had quite the interruption in our travel plans in Door County WI with a flat tire but how God used so many people to make things right and get our attention from “our plans” – Thanks Vince – thank you God!

  6. Rich Thomas says:

    The older I get and hopefully less prideful, allows me to see things from a different and eternal perspective. Then these interruptions can be seen for what they are.

  7. Michael D Rorie says:

    Interruptions can sometimes be irritating. Thank you for this direction on seeing that maybe this interruption could be divine.

  8. Tom says:

    Another great word Pastor Vince. Thank you! 🙏 The sooner I realize that my life is NOT my own, the quicker and more precisely God can
    use me for His name’s sake and for His Glory!

    • Tom says:

      Pray for our friends in Waverly, Tennessee whose lives have been DEVASTATED by flood waters. This is my time to shine for THE One True King – Jesus! 🙏❤️🙏❤️

  9. Mark says:

    The timeliness of this devotional this morning is pretty incredible – because God is pretty incredible. Just last night I told my best buddy, my prayer warrior and brother that it was our responsibility to listen for the voice of God, for his direction in our lives and for us to be faithful. And God confirms this again through Vince’s devotional today!

  10. Cory B says:

    Today. I have been in intensive therapy the last several days. At this very moment I am seeing it as God intervening and getting me to stop blaming, let go of grudges, resentment and anger. He wants me to be more childlike and joyful and happy with who I am and who He wants me to be. He wants me to stop carrying the burden of others and to see myself through His eyes, not my distorted eyes of what I think society wants me to be. I believe He is trying to help me if I just listen to Him and stop listening to everyone else.

    • Mark says:

      Prayers for you Cory – I’ve experienced therapy myself and know both the challenges and the successes of the work that goes into moving beyond those challenges. God’s got this – be faithful and enjoy the journey! One of my favorite songs is by a Chrisitian Artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, “The Great Adventure” – if you enjoy music, find the official video – it’s not only beautiful but speaks to me about this journey we’re on.

  11. Bob Olsen says:

    I attended the funeral of my Dad’s best friend from high school, a week ago last Friday. I was a little reluctant to take the time to go, because I’m quite busy with work. I learned from my parents when I was a child, that you attend a funeral because it’s the right thing to do (or because God wants me to express my sympathy). I’m really glad that I attended my Dad’s best friend’s funeral, because I got to express my sympathy to his wife and daughters. Our family was very close to their family when I was a child. because we went on many family vacations together.

    • GTT says:

      That is the right thing to do. I did not learn this until latter in life. After missing many funerals that I should have gone to because of the excuse of work. It means so much to the grieving just by showing up. God summed it up. Love God and love people.

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