“When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to do so.” Acts 16:7
This passage in Acts tells of Paul , Silas, Luke and their other companion’s journeys to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles. God blocked them from going into Asia, where Paul wanted to go. So instead they turn. In a series of steps, they are either blocked or told in a vision where to preach next. Low and behold, they end up in Philippi. This is where they meet one of the most gung-ho women of Paul’s ministry, Lydia. She not only takes them in and cares for them, she is instrumental in financially supporting the disciples and leading many in the region to Christ. Paul loved the Philippians. His letter to them is all about praise. Some of the best known passages are in this letter. It is wonderful and uplifting to read.
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:4-6
See, God knew best. He knew after all of Paul’s trials he needed a victory. He needed Phillipi. We are the same way. Haven’t there been times when you thought you were doing what God wanted you to do,only to be blocked from doing it? I have. It is perplexing and frustrating. It is hard not to wonder if you have failed in some way. Don’t think that. That is not from God. His turning you to a new path is because it is time, whether you realize it or not.
If you have been teaching Sunday School, or leading the children’s choir,or working in the soup kitchen for umpteen years and you think God may be calling you to do something else, take a lesson from Paul. Obey, and do not question. God will fill the void you leave behind. Accept His change of pace and let Him lead you down a new road. You may be surprised at what lies ahead up the new path.
Dearest Lord, As I strive to serve you, let me be aware that I do it for You first and above all else. When I feel You blocking my path, let me fall to my knees and listen to Your new directions of where You are leading me. Then let me obediently follow in glad anticipation of what lies ahead. I praise you for the Philippis I have waiting for me in my life; times filled with faithful and true friends who uplift me and of a mission with purpose. I praise you for what is and is yet to come in my life. Amen.
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set me heart free. ” Psalm 119:32