And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
A great example to study and meditate upon. Just because an idea occurs to me does not mean that it is of the LORD. There is nothing in the story that any answer to the questions regarding how the Holy Spirit forbade Paul and his companions from ministering in Asia or how He did not allow them to go into Bithynia, but He did.
The lesson to me is that I need to become a Berean in examing my thoughts and proposals. Is this really of the LORD? Is it supported by Scripture? Do I find confirming fleeces? Sometimes waiting on the LORD will result in another door opening; a door that I never suspected existed; my own call to Macedonia.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 92
Evening: Psalm 18
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