I would expect 99 percent of the people in our society feel very obscure; the kind of feeling that whatever I do doesn't really matter. Nobody notices. If I were gone it wouldn't make much difference in this society. It would be an interesting thing to take a poll and have you respond to me saying either "I feel very obscure" or "I think I'm very important to society." Well, we can't do that, but I expect the vast majority of us feel quite obscure.
If we add to the poll, "How many want your life to be significant and important?" just about everybody would say, "Of course I want my life to be significant and important." God wants that too. It's amazing how wrong are our perceptions of ourselves. That's why God said through the prophet Isaiah in his 55 chapter, "For your thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God is saying your misperception of yourself must be corrected by his perception of you.
How are we going to get hold of this, so that even though I feel obscure in life, I can feel that my life is significant? Maybe one of the ways to do it is to look at the life of an obscure person. We have lots of those in the Bible. I want you to look at one of them with me: Ananias. We know little about Ananias. The apostle Paul gives a brief synopsis of this event in Acts 22, but that's all. Oh, there are traditions about Ananias. Some say he is one of the 70 disciples Jesus chose. Some say he was the first one to preach the gospel in Damascus. Then he became a bishop of Damascus ...
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