Read Acts 9 today.

This chapter includes the conversion of Saul, who became Paul, from someone who persecuted anyone who believed in Jesus to someone who also believed in Jesus. In the midst of the story, we learn how God used an ordinary man named Ananias.
Ananias was instructed by God to go to see Saul, but he raised a question because of Saul’s well deserved reputation. I can imagine an unspoken thought on Ananias’ part. “Lord, You probably are not aware of this, but Saul has an unseemly history. I am bringing this to Your attention as You might want to reconsider Your plan.”
Have we ever pushed back on something God wanted us to do, thinking perhaps God was unaware of all the information, of the potential risk or cost related to the instruction? Reaching out to someone we consider to be unworthy? Altering our plans to make worship a priority (every week??)? Tithing our income as a response to God’s providence? Sharing our faith with our words, and not just our actions?
There are always excuses. And there is acting in faith. Ananias had questions, but he chose acting in faith. What about you?
Acts 9:10-16 NLT
Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
[11] 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.”
[13] “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! [14] And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”
[15] 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.”