Acts 16

Read Acts 16.

I don’t always react well when my plans get interrupted or changed. On a good day, sure, I can quickly adjust and go with the flow, but every day is not a good day in that regard. On other kinds of days, interruptions to my plans might lead to a state of frustration and anger that finds its way out in harsh words or careless actions or quiet withdrawal. I like to have a plan, and even more than I like having a plan, I like to follow the plan. And I say this because based on all that we know about Paul from New Testament, he seems to me like the type of person who had a plan. As happens at times with all of our plans, though, it seems in Acts 16 that Paul’s plans aren’t quite working out. Where would they go next to share the gospel? Asia? The Holy Spirit forbid it. Bithynia? The Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t allow it. So where would Paul go next? How would he respond when the plan changed? In a vision, Paul was summoned to Macedonia, where the gospel would be preached and many would believe, those to whom Paul would later write in Philippians 1:3-5, “[3] I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, [4] always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

I don’t always react well when my plans get interrupted or changed. That’s true in the big plans and in the small plans. But sometimes it’s only when we let go of our plans that we find ourselves in situations and seasons that lead us to say things like Paul said to the Philippians.

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