Acts 16:6-10 (JDV)
Acts 16:6 They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia; they had been forbidden by the Sacred Breath to speak the word in Asia.
Acts 16:7 When they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Breath of Jesus did not allow them.
Acts 16:8 Passing by Mysia they went down to Troas.
Acts 16:9 During the night Paul had a vision in which a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, “Cross over to Macedonia and help us!”
Acts 16:10 After he had seen the vision, we immediately made efforts to set out for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us for preaching the gospel to them.
Paul and Silar were sent by God, commissioned as missionaries, and empowered with amazing gifts. You would think that with qualifications likethat, they would always know what direction to go. But in today’s text we see these giants of the faith going from place to place,only to discover that God does not want them there.
Paul knew for a fact that God had called him to missionary work when he had a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus. So, it wasn’t until he had a similar vision at Troas that Paul understood clearly that Macedonia was the next place to preach the gospel.
Lord, give us the patience to keep going until your direction is clear, no matter how many false starts we have to endure.