DAILY DEVOTION, Nov. 19, 2021
After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them (Acts 16:7).
This is an interesting verse. Paul and his companions sought to go into Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit said “No,” and they had to change their plans. We are not told how the Spirit directed them. Was it circumstances that changed which they interpreted as the leading of the Spirit? Did He speak directly to their minds? Does the Holy Spirit direct us? Yes, He does. How He does that may vary. As we trust in God, He promises to direct our paths. It may be through circumstances, or it may be a strong impulse He places in our minds.
The more prayerful we are about decisions, the more we can discern God’s direction. On the other hand, if we rely too much on our own brains, we will miss the leading of the Holy Spirit. When we are seeking the leading of God, He will always make a better choice for us. Ask yourself, do I want to be in charge of my own decisions, or do I want to be led by the Spirit? Those who are wise prefer the latter option.
Father, I do want to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know I can get in His way by preferring to be in charge of my life. Please help me to see the value of asking the Spirit to be in charge. Help me always to seek your will, In Jesus’ name, Amen.