Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday musings

The right place at the right time. Few things are more satisfying and gratifying than knowing you are right where you ought to be, at exactly the right time. At how we get to that right place at the right time is sometimes an interesting adventure in itself.

"They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." (Acts 16:6-10).

The apostle Paul partnered with a young man named Timothy, for the work of propagating the gospel. Very specific direction was given to them. They were prevented from working in one area, but clearly directed to another. And, as the story unfolds in the book of Acts, it is abundantly clear that where they served and worked was fruitful as only God could bless.

Does the Lord Jesus have specific locations in mind for our service? Based on this text, apparently so. If these verses are any indication, He has a right place at a right time for us.

My personal experience has been that of guidance to certain places at certain times. In every location of service, I've always sensed a clear leading to that place at that time. While all the specific details elude me even today, the calm assurance that I have been led each time is sufficient. 

You are where you are at this point in time for a specific reason. Take some time to consider who is near you that the Lord has planned for you to influence. And, if there is a sense of restlessness where you are now, perhaps it is the Lord's prompting to prepare you for service in another area. If so, a "Macedonian vision" (Acts 16:9) will make the details abundantly clear.

Some would say "the devil is in the details", but the biblical perspective is that the Lord Jesus is in the details, and is intensely interested in your life and service. Go forward in service with that confidence.



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