We may think that every plan of Paul in ministry was perfect or that every decision had a divine signature on it. This is where we can learn so much from this beloved servant.
After selecting Timothy based on his local reputation, “they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” (Acts 16:6). We can imagine that there may have been a little bit of ‘shock’ in Paul’s mind at such a strong sense from the Holy Spirit about their plans. Up to this point, all their ministry had been under His guidance and God worked in mighty power and blessing.
If that weren’t shocking enough, “they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (16:7). There isn’t one word of resistance from Paul. We are not given the slightest indication of disappointment from him or those who traveled with Paul. “So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas” (16:8).
If you know this section of Scripture, you are already thinking about verse 9 and 10. We will look at these tomorrow. But let’s ask ourselves if we have the same submissive spirit as Paul did? Do we really hold our plans in ministry with an open hand to allow God to change them as HE SEE’S FIT? Remember, any ministry that wants to glorify God must allow God to direct it ALL THE TIME!
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