Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV) Acts 16:6-7
Imagine Paul’s disappointment. After visiting the churches that he had founded in Asia Minor, he tries to enter new territory. But God closes the door. Everything had been going so smoothly and suddenly the opportunities to preach the Gospel end. I imagine that Paul was not only disappointed but also discouraged and confused. And yet, he trusted God.
Isn’t it comforting to know that even the great apostle Paul was not always clear with God’s will for his ministry! How do you feel when you believe that you’re following God’s will and suddenly God blocks your way? Do you pursue another direction, still believing that it’s His will and again God won’t let your go that way either? What is your reaction?
As with Paul, wait on God and watch Him work!