Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father was a Greek. 2He was well spoken of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him; and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily. 6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; 8so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. (Acts 16:1-10, NRSV)
I wonder as I read this, “How were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to not speak in Asia, and how did the Spirit not allow them to go to Bithynia?”
Have you ever wanted to go somewhere or do something, and circumstances lined up that you couldn’t do that? Just plans don’t work out or something better comes up?
Sometimes we think the plans we have for our lives are the best thing that could ever happen. But then the Spirit steps in and doesn’t allow what we want to happen and shows us the life that God has planned for us. I
If we can allow the Spirit to be our cruise director, we will have a great ride through life!