“Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them” (Acts 16:6-10). These gentlemen thought they would go to Bithynia and Troas; however, the Spirit had other plans.
As Christians, we must be flexible to the Spirit’s will and not our own. A perfect example is the above Scripture. We all have personal experiences here. A year before graduating Bible college, I thought I knew where “I” wanted to serve in Texas. There was one problem. It wasn’t the Spirit’s will. One eve, while watching a gorgeous sunset I heard a ‘Macedonian’ call. It was crystal clear. Back to the desert we were to go after school. I called my pastor and told him the news. The old gent was so happy! God had answered his prayers and was sending reinforcements as this faithful soul was failing physically.
I felt a peace that we all feel when we are in God’s will. There’s not a more peaceful place in this here world. Sad to say, Pastor died a month later; confirming the timing of my ‘call’. We were off to ‘Macedonia’ in two weeks having received another confirmation, the call of the church to take Pastor’s place. We broke camp quickly to make sure the work continued on. I could tell of 4 or 5 more ‘Macedonian’ calls, but we’ve all had them and the stories that go with them. Sometimes we obey; sometimes not.
So what’s the moral of these verses? First and foremost, we need to pray to stay in God’s will; even if, He tells us to go to Baghdad or some snake-infested jungle. Maybe your ‘call’ was to Anthony Baptist Church. Lord knows there is plenty of opportunity to serve. The second part is the fact that life can end in a flash (a different devotional). Maybe your ‘Macedonian’ call is to wake up and stop thinking you’ll live forever. Settle up with God before the death alarm sounds (“…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor. 6:2b). Our end may come at 10:30! Every minute it’s getting later.