The most difficult discipline one finds in following God is the ability to distinguish his leadership from the world’s voice. As young followers, we have the energy but often lack the wisdom to tell one voice from another. Paul, Silas and Timothy were traveling through northern Europe headed toward Asia–God simply said no! God directed Paul and Silas to Macedonia. As Paul followed God’s lead, he landed in Philippi.
In Philippi, Paul met a woman named Lydia. As he shared the good news, Lydia heard the word and was saved. She was a prominent business woman in the community–and a portal to seeing the Gospel spread throughout Macedonia. Paul was moving toward Asia, but God’s plan was different.
In our walks with God, we are seeking to be conformed into his image. As we are being transformed, one of the great transformations is our ability to hear from the Lord and follow his lead. As we do that, he will reveal his plan for us. If we are willing to trust him, he will lead, guide and direct us into an amazing journey. The journey will be difficult, but it will also be full and meaningful. Additionally, we can be confident that God is patient and will stay with us when we divert to other paths. He will lovingly edge us back on course, if we allow it, then He will use us to change the lives of our families, friends and ultimately the world.
God Bless You
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.
13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.