Often when we desire to know the will of God, we are asking Him to make His leading clear to us. Perhaps we are at a fork in the road, uncertain of which path to take.
Paul experienced that as well. What were two options he faced?
- Open doors in Troas – This open door offered Paul the freedom to share the gospel and perhaps a fruitful harvest for Christ. This was the very thing that Paul asked the Colossians to pray for (Col. 4:2-4). This was something he reveled in while in Ephesus (1 Cor. 16:9). This was what Paul as an apostle lived for.
- Heartfelt concern for Titus – Titus was a dear friend of Paul. He was one of Paul’s spiritual children. To Titus, he had passed along a rich spiritual heritage and he had entrusted great responsibility. But Titus wasn’t there as anticipated. Titus represented his information link with the struggling Corinthian church.
So, what do you do? How do you make such a decision? Which path do you take?
For Paul it came down to this: “I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia” (v. 13).
His decision was based on a sense of inner peace.
Peace. Now that can be difficult to gauge and measure. If we allow it to happen, we can have false peace based on the wrong kinds of information. If we aren’t careful, we can convince ourselves that we are at peace with a decision that is contrary to the will of God expressed clearly in the Bible.
Nevertheless, peace is possible. If we are walking in the Spirit, we will possess that peace. (See aGal. 5:22, 23.) If we convert our anxious thoughts into prayerful requests to God, He delivers that peace. (See Phil. 4:6, 7.) This inner peace that is connected to the heart of God can be a powerful leading force in your life.
Do you need to pause and ask God for that now?