‘Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:’ (Acts 9:13 KJV)
It is not uncommon; in fact, it is vastly recurrent to hear or read media report, individual references about some subject matter that is important for contemplation or decision making. In this respect, Reviews and such commentaries have become a perennial and consistent streak in our decision-making processes. As well-meaning and deserving this could be, a Chrisan must never elevate any testimony beyond or above the testimony of God.
The truth is that God, also has a testimony, an account, a commentary, and a reference about any subject matter that either relates or concerns us as His children. As Christians, our default mode for evaluating a subject must naturally be what God has to say about the subject. The Bible’s standard and exhortation is to “…hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.”. (Psalm 85:8 KJV).
Ananias, was introduced as a disciple in Damascus and had “…heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.” (Acts 9:13-14). Upon this remark, Ananias would not go to Saul as the LORD had command but would also attempt to “convince” the LORD why God must not send him or interact with Saul except that the LORD had a different testimony of Saul. It is of this testimony of the LORD that we have all derive great spiritual blessings from the life and Ministry of the said Saul.
Beloved, if necessary, hear what “many” (people) say but please, do whatever God says. When we do what God says, we would save ourselves and many others to whom we are sent for “…the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7 KJV)