When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.
But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:48-52
Some people get stuck when plans don’t turn out the way they wanted. Sometimes, we need to acknowledge it, grieve the lose, move on to new opportunities, and begin to rejoice in God. The Jews in Perga responded to Paul and Barnabas with jealousy and began to persecute them. This was their first missionary journey and it wasn’t going exactly as planned.
It was at that time that Paul declared that he would preach to the Gentiles. Most people who are Christians today are beneficiaries of Paul’s response. It was all part of God’s plan to appoint eternal life to all who believe. Later, Paul would write “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile”. When the door closed to share the gospel with his own countrymen, Paul grieved, moved on, and rejoiced in the Holy Spirit leading him.
When my plans are changed, how long before I move on and see what else God is doing? Do I get stuck?
God, thank you that your contingency plans can appear to us, just as glorious as our original plans. You are in control and seated on the throne. Today, we have much to do. But, I need Your direction, grace, wisdom and effectiveness. Help me accomplish the best things and Your plans. And would you help my mom with her health?