9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 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.
Verse 9 states how Paul and his missionary party received a vision instructing him and his team to go to Macedonia. However, we see in verses 6 and 7 how the Lord prevented them from going to two other different places. The Bible isn’t clear how these hindrances were accomplished. It may have been circumstances, a word of prophecy, a vision, or some other phenomenon.
What we can learn from this account is always to continue to listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Don’t be discouraged when you pray for guidance, and you don’t receive a clear direction on the first or second attempt. Continue to persevere, and God will reveal to you His plans.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.