Eyes Fixed

Acts 9:17

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So Ananias departed and entered the house. And he laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord sent me—that is Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming—so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 9:17, LSB

I could not imagine the extent of what Ananias and Saul were feeling at this moment. Saul, who later became known as Paul, was raging against the early Christian Church, arresting Christians in various places and sending them to be punished. Ananias knew this, and it was known that Saul had been at the stoning of Stephen, holding the cloaks for the other men. The uncertainty of Saul and the hesitancy of Ananias is understandable. The calling of God is powerful, and His choosing is hard to resist for those whose hearts are turned to God. Saul was zealous for the faith and sought to be a protector of God and His faith. That is why our Lord Jesus called him and fixed the eyes of Saul on the Church which Christ was raising. Our Lord desires for our eyes to be so fixed on Him. He desires for us to see our Christian faith as the primary thing in our lives. God does not take second place. For God, second place in the heart of His chosen is last. We know how it changed Saul, and our Lord seeks that our blinders be removed and our eyes become fixated on Him so we, too, may shine out His glory.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.