Acts

Acts 16:6-10 Providence And A Call.

Separating from Barnabas and John Mark, Paul, Silas, and Timothy ventured through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, the southern part of the larger province of Galatia (Gal. 1:1-2). We are not told why the Holy Spirit forbade and did not permit them from going to Asia or Bithynia, but this was the case (vv. 6-7). Instead of heading north they decided to go west. As it turned out, the area of Asia included Ephesus, and later the Lord would call Paul to this area (Ch. 19). Perhaps the current prohibition was for no other reason than that they would be available to go to Macedonia, in response to the vision Paul received at Troas (vv. 8-9). Troas was an established seaport on the Aegean coast, and it would be the place where Paul would need to depart from to cross the Aegean Sea to Macedonia. It would also seem that Paul was troubled that he did not find Titus there as he had apparently hoped for (II Cor. 2:12-13). However, in this vision, Paul sees a man from Macedonia there pleading for his help. This was enough to convince Paul that this series of events, and this vision in particular, was the Lord leading him on to Macedonia. What we can take from this is two things at least. One is that God still works providentially in our lives, closing some doors and opening others. Secondly, the Lord still leads people to ask for help. Both these things are important.

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