Discerning God’s will in one of these gray areas requires us to think. Paul and the others weighed a number of factors. They took into account the work of the Holy Spirit in forbidding them to preach in Asia and enter into Bithynia. Then alongside their understanding of the Spirit’s leading, they set Paul’s vision about the need in Macedonia. By evaluating all these factors together, the apostles determined what God wanted them to do.
Guidance in the Christian life is always a matter of wisdom more than feeling, of Scripture above open and shut doors. Therefore, when we believe the Holy Spirit is leading us to follow a particular course, we are wise to check our understanding against the Bible and the counsel of other trustworthy believers. The Bible is clear that God has promised to guide us. He is a guiding God. For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me” (Ps. 31:3).
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