READ: Acts 16:6-10
- It’s never wrong to have plans. It’s never right to put your plans ahead of God’s movement. In Paul’s mind, going on around Asia Minor (modern Turkey) was the logical direction. There were still lots of unchurched communities; plenty of people who needed Jesus and hadn’t heard the gospel. But, for His good reasons, God changed Paul’s direction. And we should be grateful. The gospel didn’t come to our soil directly from Israel; it came from Europe.
- Since the Spirit acted so unexpectedly, yet clearly, to stop Paul’s movement, we can assume it was the Spirit that issued the call to Macedonia (northern Greece). Paul saw a vision of someone calling him across the sea, taking him from Asia to Europe. It was that move that took the gospel to Philippi, Corinth, Thessalonica, Athens and Berea. And once it was on European soil, Paul ended up desiring to go to Rome and on to Spain.
- It seems oxymoronic, but we need to learn to expect the unexpected. There is never a moment when we should not be ready to adjust our plans to His. He may have something planned that is so much greater than what we have in mind, and we would never want to miss it. But when we insist on our own way of doing things, we face the possibility of missing out on God’s actions. There’s a sadness to that that is hard to capture.
- What unexpected thing has God done with you lately?
- What has He tried to do, but you didn’t listen?
- Why are we so reticent to change our plans, even if we’re sure it’s God who is moving us?
PRAY: Thank God that He is unpredictable. Pray that you are open to following His lead. Ask Him to keep leading us as a church, even in the most unexpected ways.