‘They tried to go…but the Spirit did not permit them.’
We’ve all been given individual gifts and goals in life, and God is the giver of both. Jesus said, ‘That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit’ (John 3:6 NKJV). When you have a desire that’s ‘born of the flesh’, don’t expect God to fulfil it. It’s okay to admire and learn from gifted, successful people, as long as you don’t try to duplicate them. It’s okay to emulate their good character qualities and seek their input as long as you go to God, the architect of each of our lives, and ask Him to show you His blueprint for your life. Even though David’s desire was to build the temple, God told him his son, Solomon, would ultimately build it. David’s job was to raise the money and materials for the project. If you’re a ‘make-it-happen’ sort of person, that kind of thinking will go against your grain. So read this and think about it: ‘They were forbidden by the…Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia…pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them’ (Acts 16:6-10 NKJV). So let God set your goals and you’ll be heading in the right direction.