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Waiting For Guidance

Waiting For Guidance

06 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 1-3; Acts 13

Scripture:

1 The congregation in Antioch was blessed with a number of prophet-preachers and teachers: Barnabas, Simon, nicknamed Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, an advisor to the ruler Herod, Saul. 2 One day as they were worshiping God—they were also fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke: “Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called them to do.” 3 So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off. (Acts 13:1-3 MSG)

Ok, I guess you may as well know. I love the Antioch church! It was born out of persecution and filled with God’s grace. It was a mixed race, multi-cultural, team-led church. And it was the first church to intentionally send out missionaries.

These verses tell of a defining moment in the life of the Antioch church and in church history. The leadership team of the Antioch church was seeking God’s will about their next steps of ministry. God had brought in Barnabas to lay a solid faith-foundation and Barnabas had invited Saul of Tarsus to the party. For some time they had taught God’s Word and watched leaders emerge and now it was time for a change.

The entire leadership team was seeking God’s clear direction about next steps. This is how they did it: They worshiped God, they fasted, and they waited for guidance. This is how the guidance came: The Holy Spirit spoke.

I’m inclined to think that the Holy Spirit spoke through a prophecy given by one or more of the leaders in that circle of intensity and obedience. Some of them were prophets. However the Holy Spirit spoke, they heard clearly and obeyed promptly.
• When we already have God’s clear direction for next steps, the proper course of action is prompt and strategic obedience.
• When we don’t know what God wants us to do next, the proper action is worshiping, seeking, and waiting.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be among men and women who seek you in an atmosphere of intensity and obedience. Help me to be clear on when to seek and wait for guidance and when to promptly and strategically obey your commands. It’s time for something to happen and I don’t want to miss it! Amen.

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