…I will…if the Lord permits… (1 Corinthians 16:5-7).
Paul had a desire to visit certain cities to share the Gospel, so he made his plans. But he was careful to add, “if the Lord permits.” He knew from personal experience that God knows best the where and the when.
In fact, the first time Paul came to Macedonia, it was only after he had been blocked from his original plans—
They tried to go to certain regions of Asia, but they were prevented by the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6).
They headed toward Bythinia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there (Acts 16:7).
While at Troas, Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia, so they concluded that God was calling them to preach there (Acts 16:9-10).
We must know that we know that God has green-lighted an opportunity for us. Where God opens opportunities, satan is sure to attack (1 Corinthians 16:9). We don’t want to then assume that the attack means that we are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or even in the right place at the wrong time.
When God said, “Go!” Paul could endure any opposition because he was assured that God had called. And when God said, “No” Paul could rest peacefully because he was assured that God knew the best place at the best time.
The same principle is true for godly leaders today—
A mark of a godly leader is one who is interruptible without becoming discouraged.
This is part 39 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts in this series by clicking here.