Have you ever talked with someone and during the conversation you hear something that causes you to stop listening and start thinking of your response? This is what a disciple named Ananias did when God was speaking to him.
Acts 9:10-14, “Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision. ‘Ananias.’ And he said, ‘Here I am, Lord.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.’ But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; and hear he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
When God started speaking to Ananias, he was ready to hear what God had to say, for he said, “Hear I am, Lord,” but I believe he stopped listening as soon as he heard the name Saul because of fear. The reason I believe this is, if Ananias was really listening to all of what God was saying, he would have realized Saul was praying and that he had seen a vision and that he was to be healed. All the marks of somebody who was humbly bowing their knees before God.
Let us take this example and learn to listen fully to God and not make excuses for why we cannot do what He asks.
Father, thank you for the great lessons in the Bible. Help us to fully listen and hear what You have to say to us. In the name of Jesus I Pray, Amen