DAY 14 – When God Points us in Another Direction, Do We Go?
READ: Acts 16: 6-8, 13-14, 31-34 & Acts 17:4, 11-12, 19-21, 32, 34 & Acts 18:6-10
Do you ever circle back and touch base with those you’ve witnesed to, led to Christ, or discipled? After they returned from that first dramatic missionary journey, Paul began making plans to go back and check in on all the new churches and converts. He knew exactly what route he would take, but his plans kept getting thwarted. The Holy Spirit kept shutting doors on Paul’s attempts to head into certain areas and pointing him to others. In a dream, a man even appeared to Paul asking him to come to Macedonia (which wasn’t even on Paul’s route). The Holy Spirit made it clear, in time, that He had the right itinerary for Paul. In today’s verses, we meet some of the people and places that would never have heard the Good News if Paul had insisted on sticking to his own plan and ignored the promptings of The Lord.
How Does This Apply to Me? Making plans and strategizing are never wrong, but sometimes, the Lord may have a completely different vision. God’s ideas of when and where the Gospel should go, and to whom it should go to, may not always match up with our way of thinking or past experiences. His wisdom and His timing are always best. With that, we should strive to be sensitive to the Spirit and His leadings. Good things happen when we follow God’s lead.
Acts 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
Praying Together: Let’s ask the Lord to help us be willing to stay pliable and seek His leading as we move forward. May we work to accept that our good intentions may not always be the best plan of action.