When God asked Reinhard Bonnke to do an evangelistic campaign throughout Europe, the famous preachers asked a question:
- Why me – you have already laid Africa on my heart?
The Lord replied:
- You are not my first choice, but the two first options answered no!
- Even though I am your third choice, I promise I will make a first choice effort!
I have this story from Bonnke’s 'second in charge' for the campaign, Oliver Raper, whom I interpreted when the campaign was launched in Bergen.
Yesterday I read about how the Lord revealed himself to Ananias in a vision and told him that Saul was in prayer, and then he continued:
In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.I take for granted that the campaign “From minus to plus” (1) was not the first time that God’s first choice did not respond with a “Yes!”.
What if Ananias had answered “No!”?
Did God have a substitutes’ bench with several men named Ananias just in case?
I let the question stand unanswered, but for me it is a reminder to do what the Lord asks me to do.
Jesus once said: “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (2). I pray that there will be no need for stones to cry out for me if I was God’s first choice.
‘Manna’ for today:
I want to be ready when the Lord asks something from me.----------------------------------
(2) Luke 19:40