When our plans are changed, as they were with Paul, Silas and Timothy, we usually have reactions unlike those that Paul had. We often get upset or try to find some way to work around the changes so we still get our way. Not with Paul. He accepted the intervention by the Holy Spirit without any complaint or attempt to change the outcome.
With this attitude, God is free to redirect this ministry team to Macedonia. Notice Paul’s reaction to the vision; “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” (Acts 16:10).
There is no doubt that God was up to something big which Paul and Silas would have missed if they had resisted the Holy Spirit’s direct interference in their plans. They had no idea what was ahead of them and it was good that they didn’t.
It is my firm conviction that we miss the greatest opportunities God has planned for us because we resist His will. God is under no obligation to tell ahead of time what He is going to do. What He needs though, is willing servants who are ready to follow His leading “immediately”! The questions we may have will be answered as we obey.
Are you yielding to the Holy Spirit as a habit in your life and ministry?
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