Daily Reflection

Daily Reflection. Friday, 07.08.2020.

By Florence Thompson

Acts 9:10-31

We remember Paul and are often forgetful of the many people who helped him in his walk of faith.

The witness of Stephen was significant as were the testimonies and prayers of people whom Saul persecuted (Matthew 5:44).

When Ananias, a diligent disciple, was instructed by the Lord to visit Saul, he poured out all the forebodings of his heart concerning him. But the Lord reassured Ananias that Saul was praying instead of persecuting, and said: “Go thy way: for he is a CHOSEN VESSEL unto Me, to take My Name to the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” (v.15). Ananias was obedient and went to the house of Judas where he laid his hands on Saul and said: “Brother Saul, receive thy sight”. I’m sure Saul could not believe the love shown to him by Ananias who baptised him and encouraged him. (Acts 22:12-16).

The disciples in Damascus opened their hearts and their homes to Saul who made his way to the synagogues, proclaiming boldly that Jesus is the Son of God.  Consternation resulted among his Jewish hearers. They had understood that he hated the Name of Jesus. Now he was teaching that Jesus is God! This so infuriated them that they plotted to kill him. One night Saul had to sneak out of Damascus in a basket which several brave men lowered from a window.

Broken-hearted and defeated, he went to Jerusalem where the believers were very fearful about welcoming him into their fellowship, so Barnabas (“ son of encouragement”) built the ‘bridge’ when he took Saul to meet the apostles(v.27). After their conversation Saul was accepted.              

As believers, we have a responsibility to encourage and build up others in their walk of faith, as Barnabas always did. Encouragement is so important that it is commanded in Scripture, e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5v.11:   “Therefore encourage one another, and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”.

Our God and Father, You love us with an everlasting love. May the love which You have invested in our lives, reveal itself in increasing loyalty to You and in the service of others as we seek to witness to, and encourage the people whom we meet. In everything we think and say and do may we glorify and uplift the Name of Jesus. Amen.


Hymn: “How I praise Thee, precious Saviour ....”.

How I praise Thee, precious Saviour,
That Thy love laid hold of me!
Thou hast saved, and cleansed, and filled me,
That I might Thy channel be.

Chorus: Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous power
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us,
Every day and every hour.

Emptied that Thou should eat fill me,
A clean vessel in Thine hand,
With no power but as Thou gives,
Graciously, with each command.

Chorus: Channels only, blessed Master,
But with all Thy wondrous power
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
Every day and every hour.

Jesus, fill now with Thy Spirit
Hearts that full surrender know,
That the streams of living water
From our inner man may flow.

Channels only, Channels only,
Channels only. Lord for Thee.