“Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.” - Acts 16:6
What God doesn’t allow is just as important as what God does allow. What He removes is just as important as what He gives. Paul wanted to go to Asia – it was a desire of his. But the Lord prevented Him from going.
In hindsight, it’s easy to understand why Paul the Apostle’s obedience to the Lord was so important. His life affects millions to this day. But who might your obedience affect?
Steer a ship slightly off course, and it will be difficult to notice the error. But, as the ship travels great distance, the error becomes more obvious. That’s the effect of the generations. Your decisions matter, here and there, now and then. So obey God.
Might you be experiencing divine prevention?
What feels like rejection can actually be promotion. What seems like delay can actually be a shortcut. What looks like a setback just might be a setup for something greater.
So, when it comes to the Lord’s prevention, don’t put up a fight. Let Him remove what needs to be removed. Let Him direct and redirect. Celebrate his permission, and celebrate His denials. Commit to obeying and embracing the will of God, even if it means divine prevention. You can’t go wrong obeying God.