If we’re not seeking God – if we’re not asking Him to lead us and guide us – we can have a tendency to miss what He is wanting in our lives. We can overlook His guidance when we’re not actually looking for it.
Think of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts.
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. (Acts 16:6-8)
If you remember the story, this is when Paul had the vision of the guy from Macedonia saying, “Come over here and help us.”
So, my question is, why didn’t that vision come when they were in Phrygia or Galatia, earlier on? The truth is, we don’t know why. But we do know that God’s timing is always best.
So, for some reason, Paul and company were allowed to go through some situations and trying various doors, but because they were attuned to the Spirit, they didn’t try to shove through those doors.
My personal take is that it was part of God’s way of getting them to listen more closely to Him, of getting them to seek Him for direction and counsel. To not just rush out there on their own, but to seek the Lord.
It looks to me like Paul really wanted to go on into Asia or into Bithynia. Yet God was whispering, “No, don’t do it.” But that meant they needed to be listening.
And you don’t learn that kind of lesson unless you walk through those types of situations.
Are you listening today?