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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