As I read the Book of Acts I’m learning just how much God has His hands in even the minute details of our lives.
Take for instance the story on Saul’s conversion (he would later become the Apostle Paul). After Saul’s encounter with the Lord Jesus while walking along the road to Damascus, Saul was led by the hand to Damascus, where Acts 9:9 says “He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.”
During that period of time it is obvious from the scriptures that Saul continued in prayer with God and while that was happening, God was busy communicating with a believer in Damascus named Ananias. Follow along in Acts 9:10-12…
Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias.”
“Yes, Lord,” he replied.
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. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
Did you catch all the specifics in the passage?
- Three specific people were addressed: Saul, Ananias, and Judas
- God gives specific directions: The house of Judas on Straight Street.
- God even multi-tasks: While speaking to Ananias in one vision, God says in verse 11 that Saul “is praying to me right now.”
Later on in Acts 10 we see a similar example of how God directs two otherwise unrelated circumstances as Peter prays and sees a vision while God arranges for three men to specifically seek out Peter and lead him to their supervisor, who is also named. In this story (See Acts 10:9-33) we see God…
- Communicating with Peter — versus 11-20
- Giving Peter specific directions — versus 19-20
- Specific characters named — Peter, three men, Cornelius
- A specific location — The house of Simon the Tanner, near the seashore in the town of Joppa — vs. 32
- A separate conversation — Cornelius also speaks with God’s messenger.
While it’s hard for me to get my mind around stories like this because I do not ever recall receiving an audible command from God or one of His angels, it’s difficult for me to deny after reading this that God Himself orchestrates specific things in our lives, even when we don’t see or recognize them. The even harder part is getting my mind around how God orchestrates my life and how I’m responsible then to follow God’s direction in my life if I don’t have God speaking to me in an audible voice, giving me specific directions.
I guess that’s where faith comes in.