Imagine that when sleeping, you had a vision that seemed like a dream to you, but more than a dream. You were to go to someone that had been hurling insults at you, and would even cause evil against you if given the opportunity. Is it the Lord talking? You state in your dream that you can't do this because this person is evil, but it is the Lord speaking, and He tells you to go. Would you wake and just call it a dream, a very weird dream? That's what happened to a man named Ananias, who was a believer in Jesus in the early days after the resurrection. He was told to go to a man named Saul, Little did he know that he would be used to bring Christianity for the Lord to all of us Gentiles: "But the Lord said to him, 'Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. I will show him how much he must suffer for My name!' So Ananias left and entered the house. Then he placed his hands on him and said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you can regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'" Acts 9:15-17 The rest is history, and Ananias, being obedient, and listening, did what others might have rejected, being afraid, and calling it a mere dream. I wonder how many times, we have rejected the Lord, because we have had a vision at night, that the Lord wanted us to act on something, and we passed it off as a dream. To hear, we have to be listening. To understand we have to believe! To go, we have to have faith, and trust that the Lord has a plan for our lives. Perhaps Ananias was used just for this one thing, but what an honor it turned out to be. What are you up for today?
Lord, give us ears that hear, and eyes that see Your glory. Give us the courage to listen to You, even when you speak in that still small whisper. Lord, forgive Your church, for being afraid to take a stand for You during these times of persecution against the church. Help us to live in the Spirit, and desire to be obedient when you speak. I pray for strength in Jesus name.