His Leading

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. Acts 16:6-7

Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you where you should go is also allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you where you should not go.
Such is the case on the second missionary journey of Paul.

The passage has often perplexed me. In my human logic, the Gospel is for everyone. If I operated by the same logic while harvesting fruit or vegetables, then I would pick each. Yet I know only to pick what is ripe.

In his vision of a man in Macedonia calling to him, Paul realized that Macedonia was ripe for the presentation of the Gospel and God was right in His direction.

God’s timing is always best. While He prevented Paul from going to Bithynia, Peter would later address the Christians living there. (1 Peter 1:1)

Today God will lead you, if you let Him. He will take you where you need to be and keep you from where you do not.
Prayer and sensitivity to His leading is essential!

One thought on “His Leading

  1. Reblogged this on Call to Witness and commented:
    When doing the work of God, it is important to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. In our zeal to do God’s will, it is very easy for us to get carried away and go wherever we think is best. We tend to lean on our own understanding and wisdom, if we see a need, we automatically assume it is our place to fill it.
    While we might have the good intentions in our hearts, such thinking is dangerous and can lead to harm spiritually. Even though we see the need, that does not naturally mean it is our place to tend to it. That is because the needs that need to be met, we may not have the tools needed to fulfill what is required for that mission field.
    Serving the Lord is not about giving the Gospel to as many people as possible in a rabbit like pace. Instead, we ought to serve the Lord in a tortoise style of thinking. At this speed, we can pay closer attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
    It is the Spirit of God that ought to direct us to where to go and where not to go; not our own eagerness. What about those people that we do not reach? That is not our concern, the Lord will provide for them. As for us, we must follow what the lead of the Holy Spirit.


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