Going God’s Direction

After Paul and Silas had been blocked from preaching in a few areas along their journey, Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia calling out for them to come ‘help us.’ Paul had his own vision of where he thought the gospel should go, but God had a larger and different picture in mind. Paul could have resolved to continue pounding away at his own vision, but he was sensitive to God’s direction. How often do you try and work at your own vision of what you want to do? How might God be calling to you, to us, through people who beckon us to ‘come help’? Without this kind of vision, our spheres become small and are self-centered, but as we seek God’s vision and pursue it we’ll be led out of our tiny little bubbles. If we continually press our own agendas, we’ll end up running our programs and doing the same old things, just trying to do them ‘better.’ We are told in Scripture that if we seek the Lord we will find him. Perhaps now is the time to seek him with all our heart, to listen closely for his vision, and be ready to pursue whatever he lays out for us with all our energy and resource.

Acts 16:6-10

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia,having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

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