Have you ever had someone say or do something encouraging to you? I hope you have. It feels great, and can have such an impact on your perspective and even how you feel. When we read the account of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9 it can be easy to focus only on his conversion from a persecutor of Christians to a Christ follower himself. It’s interesting though that God uses a man named Ananias to be a part of this miraculous life-change and an encouragement to Saul.
I love Ananias’ response when God spoke to him telling him to go find Saul. It’s real, it’s honest — he basically asks God, “are you sure, this is the guy who is killing people like me?” I’m sure a bit reluctantly though Ananias obeys God’s command and when we see these two men’s lives intersect in a house in Damascus, we see God do a miracle in multiple ways. Saul’s eyesight is restored, and he immediately has someone there to encourage him and help him navigate what God is doing in his life.
So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:17)
This all happened because Ananias was willing to leave the comfort and protection of his own house and be willing to be part of the miracle that God was doing elsewhere.
God gave us one another to help solve the problems we face and to encourage one another along the way. Let us never be so consumed with our own lives or our own challenges that we miss opportunities to encourage or help others as God creates opportunities.
- Pray for the churches being resourced and coached though River Valley Network to experience the miraculous, increase effectiveness, and see exponential growth in their churches.
- Pray for wisdom for the team of pastors and leaders at River Valley that are equipping other churches with resources and training.
- Pray that we will be able to encourage, strengthen, and develop more pastors and churches through the River Valley Conference (May 21-22) and the River Valley Network.