When you let Him lead
When you let Him lead
As we move to Galatians chapter 2, we see that the theme of the epistle is carried through. Paul is defending the gospel in writing, to the Galatians. One of the reasons we saw towards the end of chapter 1 that the message he preached was in reality given by God was the fact that he took some time alone, away from the rest of the apostles and Jerusalem and spent contemplating, preparing and preaching God’s word among the Gentiles.
Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Galatians 2:1-2
As Paul shares one of the important events in his missionary timeline with the Galatians its hard to miss the word “by revelation“. Since he set out on a journey based on God’s orders, we get to see his success and learn a few things ourselves!
Why did Paul have to wait 14 years to meet the rest of the apostles? How did he know when to go to Syria, Cilicia, Judea and Jerusalem? He waited patiently at the Lord’s feet for His orders. A servant heart is required of a leader. He didn’t plan his own missionary trips and run around. He went where he went based on the Lord’s guidance. As we will study later in this chapter, there was a purpose for which God wanted Paul to go Jerusalem and meet with the apostles.
“Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.” Psalm 25:4 This should be our prayer so we can understand His purpose in our lives and be rest assured that the way is correct.
Upon his arrival at Jerusalem Paul “…communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation”. He did that in order to stay away from spurring a controversy. It was at the best interest of Paul and others to have them be at the same page, “lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.”
God’s presence and guidance is paramount in our spiritual walk because with it follows wisdom and prudence. Wisdom to act and to react, when to speak and when to be silent, to discern the good and false teaching.
As they were communicating this gospel to the people at Jerusalem, none of them remarked that Titus should be circumcised. “And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage)” (v4) Clearly there were people determined to confuse and mislead the Gentiles who were saved by enforcing the law of circumcision. Paul says, “ to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.” (v5)
What a wonderful testimony of faith! Human will and reasoning on its own is bound to twitch, but God provides grace so we don’t stumble. But only when we let Him lead.
Dear Lord, lead me, so I can go places where you’ve marked for me and explore territories that you’ve laid down for me. Provide me the wisdom needed to share your love with others and help me never to stray from your path. Amen.
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