Daily Scripture Reading: Acts 16:7-10 KJV
“They attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 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.” – Acts 16:7-10
Today’s Devotional Is The Leading of the Holy Spirit
The guidance of the Holy Spirit can sometimes feel like closed doors in our lives. We may try different paths, but they are all locked, so that we can find the one that He has opened for us. It can be frustrating when we feel like we’re facing a blank wall, but we must trust that God is leading us in the right direction.
St. Paul and his companions found themselves facing the sea, not knowing what to do next. They walked along the sea-wall, pondering their options, until Paul had a dream. In the dream, a man from Macedonia beckoned him to come and help. This was the open door they had been looking for.
Sometimes, we are left to use our judgment to arrive at the right decision, while other times the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to us through a dream or vision. But in either case, once we have sought God’s guidance and come to a decision, we must move forward in faith, without doubting or looking back.
Don’t underestimate the power of a small door. St. Paul’s mission to Macedonia began with just a few women gathered together for prayer. But from that small beginning, a mighty work for God began. We must be open to even the smallest opportunities, because we never know where they might lead us.
PRAYER For Today
Heavenly Father, we ask for Your guidance and leading in our lives. Help us to trust in Your plan, even when we face closed doors or blank walls. Give us the wisdom to make good decisions and the faith to follow through on them. And may we never despise the small beginnings, but be open to the opportunities You provide, knowing that You can do great things through even the smallest acts of obedience. In Jesus’ name, Amen.