Tuesday, February 9
Scripture: Exodus 29-30, Acts 16
Acts 16:6–7 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.
Paul and his team were on a mission to announce the good news of Jesus; their geographic target was Asia (modern Turkey). But the Holy Spirit (also called the Spirit of Jesus) kept them, prevented them, would not allow them to proclaim the message in certain areas.
Why? We don’t know for sure, but we can deduce from the rest of the story that God was calling them beyond Asia to Macedonia. Did the message ever get to the areas they missed? Yes…later.
How did the Spirit direct them? We don’t know that either, but it must have been clear, whether the Spirit spoke to them, gave them a dream or vision, or used a circumstance. But somehow the Spirit gave them clear direction: “not here, not now, keep moving.” And they followed the Spirit’s lead.
I believe that the Spirit leads us too (Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:18, 25), and I want to follow the Spirit’s leading. This means praying at the start of the day and asking for the Spirit’s help to hear His leadings and follow, and then being attentive during the day. Also, the Spirit’s leading in this passage was connected to mission. When we live on mission, when we are open and eager to share the good news and love people, we are more likely to be led and directed by the Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, I want to be Spirit led! Help me to hear Your voice and follow Your lead. And help me be on mission today—gladly sharing the good news of God’s love poured out in Jesus!