‘Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”’ Acts 9.17
If we think about the details of Saul’s conversion and how it happened, it is clear that it was God’s plan but also that there was a level of human involvement. God does some things sovereignly but at other times he uses people. On the Damascus Road, Jesus spoke directly to Saul but then it seems that a human being was needed, Ananias, to lay hands on Saul so that his sight would be restored. It is pointless asking why God did one thing without human intervention but not the other – he just did!
The lesson this teaches us is that it is entirely possible that God may ask us to do something and we might think – what’s the point of that? The answer is likely to be, ‘Just because’! When we consider God asking us to do something, we may have the impression that he will speak loudly or give us a real compulsion to do something. However, his voice might simply be a nudge, a whisper or a thought that comes to us, often prompting us to do something that seems quite trivial and small for someone – just because!
So just do it! You will probably never know the real significance of your actions and small acts of kindness, but the one who nudges you knows.
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