Background: Doctor Luke wrote not only the gospel of Luke but also this additional historical account of the birth and the spread of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit of Christ. He called this book, Acts. Some call it the Acts of the Apostles or the Acts of the Holy Spirit.
God asked Ananias to do something so crazy that Ananias even questioned God’s wisdom. What would you have done?
Ask the children…
What did God ask Ananis to do?
“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. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.’” (Acts 9:11, 12)
Ananias knew that Saul had been imprisoning and killing christians left and right. It seemed like pure suicide to do this. When Ananias questioned God, what did God tell him?
“But the Lord said, ‘Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.’” (Acts 9:15, 16)
Ananias had to trust God that a real heart change had taken place in Saul and that he wouldn’t be killed when he went. God had a purpose for all this in Saul’s life and Ananias was part of it.
Ask your children how they would have felt if they were Ananias? Is God asking them to do something where it will take real faith in God? Let them know they can talk to God about their concerns but He may not give them the whole answer to their question. That is where faith comes in.
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