Ever experienced a situation where you know there is great purpose for what you are doing for the LORD, but it did not or is not working out the way you thought it would?
Let’s take a look at God’s plan for Paul in Philippi, Macedonia.
Paul and his friends had great plans to preach the gospel in Asia and other surrounding regions, however, they found that the Holy Spirit intervened with their plans. The word says that the Holy Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to preach or enter these places. One evening, Paul had a dream of a man, from Macedonia, standing and begging him to help them. Paul immediately responded to God’s message and began looking for ways to get to Macedonia.
There are times when we find ourselves doing good deeds for the Lord, and subsequently realize that it is not the purpose God had intended for us. Even though our hearts and minds are in the right place, it does not not mean it is God’s purpose for our lives at that point in time. We have to remember that God is the commander of our paths. He tells us where to go and what to do to bring him glory. Proverbs 16:9 says, The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. When God calls you to perform a task for him, immediately respond and do as he says. Paul, our great exemplar, did not question God’s instruction, but proceeded to do as his Lord commanded.
When we find ourselves doing things for the Lord, and we find that it is not going well take a moment and question it with the Lord. Sometimes, when we find ourselves stuck not producing much fruit it might mean that the Lord has other plans for us in that particular season of our lives. Don’t give up doing the Lord’s work, but pray about it. God’s plans for you are to prosper not to fail. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know that plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Paul was so proud of the Philippi church for being so faithful to God. Just imagine what would have been of the Philippians had Paul not responded to God’s vision?
Our minds need to be clear when we come in the presence of God. Amen!