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. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:7-10 ESV)
In Acts 16, Paul is going about reporting to the churches what the council at Jerusalem had decided regarding salvation for the Gentiles. He left Jerusalem after having his team divided by a difference of opinion over a personnel issue. Instead of quitting, he immediately reached out to Silas to come with him, then added Timothy shortly thereafter. (Timothy had to be circumcised as part of his job requirements. Most of us would have looked for another job!) In spite of adversity, Paul didn’t quit. The team started going from place to place, until Paul had a specific vision with the specific divine purpose: “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” .
Some simple lessons: don’t quit just because things go wrong. The assignment hasn’t changed, and that’s what’s important. Until you get specific direction, just do what’s in front of you to do. Be a blessing to somebody. Tell someone what great things the Lord has done for you. Finally, expect God to show up with further instructions. This is a supernatural life – live it with expectancy.
As you head for church today, look for opportunities to be a blessing. At the same time, expect to hear from God. He has a purpose for you and He wants you to know it. Keep your ears open. Somebody needs your help.