6 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. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 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.
In this passage Paul and those who were with him had plans to go to specific places to go and do ministry there, yet God had other plans for them. Sometimes as Christians we might fall into a place where we think we already know what we need or want to do. However, in the midst of the “doing” there is a danger of not acknowledging God along the way. In Proverbs 16:9 it says: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”.
Are you in a place where your plans have been frustrated? Could this be God redirecting you? Are there any plans you need to surrender to Him? Take time and listen to God as you obey Him and as He leads you. Proverbs 3:6 states “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Su).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).