Sixth Sunday of Easter: The substituted Old Testament Passage – To walk not by sight but by faith

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.” (Acts 16:9-10)

It would be easy to say that such vision and then taking immediate action do not happen in our modern times – but they do. I can remember several times in my life when I have felt called to do something, say something etc – and immediately did so. In recent months I have been trying even more so to cultivate the attitude of walking by faith and not by sight – that is, to trust God and move forward.

We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.” (Verses 11 – 12)

From the narrator of Acts you can get the sense that while it was a hurried decision, the process was quite lengthy. So it was not so much a matter of jumping and being there immediately, but deciding to do something and then make plans accordingly. God calls us to follow the Spirit, not foolish impulses.

On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.” (Verses 13 – 15)

And when you do decide and follow through on a plan given by God, God will see to all the “accommodations” along the way. That is the sort of thing I am trying to cultivate in my own life; discern what God is telling me, and then to do that thing and trust the details to God. I well let you know how that turns out, beloved reader. Shalom!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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