This is probably one of the most well known chapters in Acts. Saul's conversion is dramatic and amazing. I mean a bright light from heaven, the audible voice of Jesus and then the sudden physical blinding to represent Saul's spiritual blindness. It must have been scary and shocking for him. However today we are going to look at Ananias. Ananias seems a little like Stephen at first. He's just a general disciple, following God, and completely in tune with the Holy Spirit.
However unlike Jonah, Ananias does not run the other way. He hears God and how He wants Saul to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Ananias goes and prays with Saul. Immediately the scales of the physical representation of his spiritual blindness fall off his eyes.
Saul did go into the synagogues in Damascus, but instead of attacking the name of Jesus, he was preaching the gospel. So God can and will ask us to do things that in our own strength and humanity we would not be able to do, either because of fear or lack of resources; or a number of other reasons. But God is totally and ultimately in control. So if today you hear God telling you do something, do it. Ananias did! He prayed for the man who most advanced the gospel of the early church; the man who preached to the gentiles; the man that wrote most of our new testament. Ananias, was a small thread in a bigger picture, but a necessary and important one.