Obedient Confrontation

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Acts 9:10-19

I’m sure you’ve felt the nudgings of the Holy Spirit prompting you to do something that you’d rather not do because it was downright dangerous! That happened one day to a strong believer named Ananias. In the story today, Saul (later named Paul) has just undergone a dramatic conversion to believe in Jesus while on his way to Damascus where he intended to harass the Christians living there. The encounter with the Lord left Saul temporarily blinded and helpless. In a vision, God appears to Ananias and asks him to visit Saul, lay hands on him, and restore his eyesight. Ananias was not at all thrilled with his assignment and reminded God that Saul was a most dangerous character! Nevertheless, the Lord had great plans for Saul’s future and He would not let Ananias evade the task.

Here we have something most of us hate to do. It is the act of CONFRONTATION. Most of us tend to shy away from people who might react violently if we approached them about a problem. Yet we know that God is calling us to do something that needs to be done! Whom do you need to confront? What problem might dissolve if you took prayerful courage to approach another gently? I’m sure Ananias was glad that he was an obedient confronter!

PRAYER

So often, Lord, we lack the courage to face other people with a problem we feel has come between us. Give us wisdom and courage lovingly to confront them, through Christ our Lord, Amen.