Guidance While in Motion
After visiting the established churches, Paul and Silas did not sit still and wait for the Lord to tell them exactly where to go next. They had a conviction to move in a northwestern direction, and they trusted God to confirm or deny that direction. This is what we call “guidance in motion.” Sometimes people sit and wait for the Lord to tell them exactly what to do, but they might end up sitting in their rocking chairs until they die. According to the law of physics it is easier to guide an object
that is in motion than one that is sitting still. The disciples kept moving on, trusting God to direct them as they were moving, and surely He did.
After visiting Galatia and Phrygia, the apostles traveled west into Asia Minor. God had not given them specific direction, but they continued to move west by a conviction in their hearts. When the Holy Spirit clearly told them not to preach in Asia Minor, they persisted traveling west and north into Mysia. At Mysia they endeavored to go north into Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit would not allow them. Therefore, they went straight through Mysia to the coast and came to Troas. Then the Lord gave them specific directions—proceed west into Macedonia. Here we see two negatives, then a positive. God said no as they headed into Asia Minor, and then he said no when they tried to go to Bithynia. As they continued west, God said yes. “Continue to go west to Macedonia.”
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