Today's devotion is based on Acts 9:13,15 "Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man [Saul] and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem . . ." But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name before the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel."
At that moment, Ananias cannot see the wisdom in seeking out the one who brings so much terror to many Christians. Every impulse in Ananias tells him to take a pass on paying a visit to Saul of Tarsus. The Lord's plans, however, are different.
Ananias is not alone, of course. As Christians, you and I battle all kinds of impulses that tell us to back away from the Lord's will for our lives. Such motivations can come in many forms, such as fear and resentment, convenience, or remaining where it's comfortable and familiar.
But the true joy of life is in God's plans, not ours. In him, we find our forgiveness, purchased at the cross, where we find true belonging and meaning. And in him, his gospel empowers us to embrace the Lord's plans, leaving ours behind.
Please pray with me, Lord Jesus, move me to trust your plans for my life. Amen.