The key is obedience

the difference that God makesActs 16:10 ‘Well, that settled it. We would go to Macedonia, for we could only conclude that God was sending us to preach the Good News there.’ (Living Bible)
So we see how Paul gets this leading and direction from God and then he acts on it.  Often we will hear the word of God, or sense His leading and prompting, but do we act on it, do we respond to it? Or does it get drowned out by all the other demands of life? Most versions of the Bible pick up on His immediate response:

  • NIV: ‘After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia.’
  • God’s Word Translation: ‘As soon as Paul had seen the vision, we immediately looked for a way to go to Macedonia.’
  • KJV: ‘After he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia.’

The Greek word used means immediately, straightway, at once and forthwith. Sometimes we lose the momentum of the moment when we hesitate or second guess ourselves and God’s leading.  The truth is that it is worth taking the risk.
To obey is better than sacrifice. This applies even if it entails effort.  Paul and Silas had to catch a boat and travel for possibly two days or more to get to where God had shown them that He wanted them.  Don’t allow the degree of difficulty to determine if you will obey God’s leading.

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