Be Still Know
Acts 9:11 NLT
The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now.
When I decided to leave the Evangelical Alliance (EA) with Katey’s diagnosis, my own recognition of impending implosion and a loss of confidence that left me listless and demotivated, I prayed that God would speak to me. God did, but to my great disappointment it was a word that I regarded as truly unremarkable. Simply put, God told me to be a friend to people. Short and to the point, I resented the fact that this didn’t sound either motivational or the sort of word that a great saint of God might relish.
I left somewhat head down and tail between my legs, deflated and defeated even before the real battle had begun. I never shared that word with anyone, and initially just wrote it off as the false imaginings of my own anxiety and desire to hear God.
Some six years later, I was with a dear friend, a true man of God many years older than myself, whom I deeply respected. We were partaking of some fine single malt when he asked me what I had felt God calling me into on leaving the EA. Somewhat unwillingly and with a measure of disbelief I said that God had invited me to become a friend. It went strangely quiet before I heard him gently say, “I’ve never had a real friend.” It was at that point the lights went on and I regretted how I’d discarded that word from the Lord. This was a ministry even though I hadn’t recognised it.
Ananias, like me, yearns to be of service to God. God speaks and Ananias prepares his heart by offering himself in response to God’s invitation. It’s not the nature of God’s invitation but rather the attitude of obedience that he requires. Obedience to the most ordinary of his requests will ensure that God’s will and work is done in the earth. I’d placed God on hold in my own life for six years through a desire to be more significant. However, what is more significant than being spoken to by God?
QUESTION: Consider what you have heard God say to you. Have you dismissed it?
PRAYER: Lord, may no words you have spoken to me return to you empty.