Now I See!
Acts 9:10–19; The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 115–122
God’s love changes people.
“This man is my chosen instrument” (Act 9:15).
Imagine not being able to see anything. Everything is dark. You know it is day or night only by what other people tell you. For three days Saul could not see anything. Read on to find out what happened at the end of the third day.
Saul sat quietly in Judas’ house. He did not look at all fearsome or masterful. He was not the take-charge person he had been only three days ago. He sat quietly, his head bowed. He spent all of his time praying.
There was so much to pray for! Saul had certainly prayed for forgiveness. He was horrified when he thought of the Christians he had persecuted! And he had also thanked and praised the Lord again and again for his salvation. The memory of actually seeing Jesus on the road to Damascus still thrilled him. He lived the moment over and over in his mind.
Judas and his family offered Saul food to eat, but he would not take it. He would not even take anything to drink. Finally, they just left him alone with his thoughts. The news spread quickly through Damascus. Saul had arrived! Saul, the mighty hunter of Christians! The believers had heard he was coming, and now he was here. But it was said he was sitting in Judas’ house. Rumor had it that he had somehow been struck blind. People learned that he had been led into the city like a child! Something strange had certainly occurred! But no one was quite sure what.
Three days had gone by since Saul’s encounter with the Lord. Then Ananias, a follower of Jesus, had a vision. The Lord appeared to him and said, “Get up and go to Straight Street. Find the house of Judas. Ask for a man named Saul who is from the city of Tarsus. He is there now, praying. Saul is blind. He has seen you in a vision (a dream). You will go to him, pray, and lay your hands on him. Then he will see again.”
Ananias was understandably nervous. “Lord,” he answered, “many people have told me about this man. He has done terrible things to Your people in Jerusalem. Now he has come here to Damascus. The leading priests have given him the power to arrest everyone who worships You!”
The Lord reassured Ananias. “Do not worry. Go. I have chosen Saul for an important work,” He said. “He must tell people about Me. He will tell kings, Jews, and people of foreign lands about My love for everyone.”
Ananias obeyed the Lord. As he walked to Judas’ house on Straight Street he may have looked around. Everything looked quite normal. Ananias shook his head. Everything was really far from normal. He had just had a vision from the Lord! And he was on his way to meet the dreaded Saul, whom the Lord said was now a believer!
Ananias found Judas’ house. He found Saul sitting quietly and without sight, waiting for him. Ananias was filled with compassion. He laid his hands on Saul. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord Jesus sent me. He is the one you saw on the road on your way here. He sent me so you can see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes. He could see again! And Saul asked to be baptized at once. He did not even take time to eat or drink. Yes, God had called Saul. And he called Ananias, too. They served the Lord for the rest of their lives. Today God has called you to be His witness. Will you choose to listen?