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Daily Devotionals

Day 14 – Issue 19

todayMay 1, 2015

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Be Still Know

Acts 9:18 NLT

‘Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.’

History suggests that the earth is populated by a few extraordinary people who leave a record of their exploits and a vast majority of ordinary, unremarkable others. The majority of us, while perhaps striving to accomplish some feat that will mark us out within our generation and secure a few lines of spilled ink by the historian’s hand, will die forgotten save for a handful of family and friends. This is a complete lie constructed by God’s enemy, and yet one that has confused most of us.

Ananias emerges briefly within the biblical record and just as quickly disappears. He was afraid of Saul’s reputation, yet having expressed such fear, was humble and obedient in accepting God’s word and following through. Even as he made his way to Straight Street, knocked at the door and asked for Saul, he was no more nor less ordinary than you and me. The reality is that he worshipped and served an extraordinary God, for there are no extraordinary people in this world.

Reflect for a minute and you will recall moments in your life where to follow your hunch in the Spirit was more difficult, and to flow with the way life is generally lived proved an easier and less demanding option. That’s ordinary, avoiding the commission from an extraordinary God. Ordinary opting for ordinary, while perhaps hoping something extraordinary might come of it. I recognise myself – eccentric and maverick as I have proved to be over the years, my commitment to taking risks has been minimal. I want to assure myself of a safe landing before I leap. Well, what need have I of an extraordinary God? I’ll stay in the storm-tossed fishing boat and leave it to others to take a chance by walking on the water.

We are each one fearfully and wonderfully made, yet we also retain choice as to the degree to which we will trust God’s promises as God invites us to embrace a commission. The greater the commission depends upon our faithfulness to each and every spiritual hunch we sense.

QUESTION: Can you say with Ananias, “Here I am, Lord” (ESV)?

PRAYER: Lord, may I trust you enough to see just how extraordinary you are.

Written by: Matt Weet

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