Date: Wednesday, July 17
Scripture: Acts 13:1-12
Verse: Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:3)
If only life were always easy and the path of least resistance always the one to take. But we know the words of Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” Or the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Often we want the well-worn path, where things will typically go smoothly, but often God calls us off the path, to take a less-traveled road and leave a new path for someone else.
Discerning the will of God is not always easy. Often we surmise that if God wants us to do something, he will make it easy for us. Scripture simply doesn’t support this. Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Paul all followed God’s call through great difficulty and even death. So how do you know if you are being called of God?
Paul and Barnabus were guided by the Holy Spirit, who through these verses seems to have spoken to them individually and through the community of faith surrounding them. Their call was something God had put in their thinking, and was affirmed by others. Right away things were hard. They were being challenged and opposed. There must have been great comfort in those moments knowing their church supported them, and also heard the Spirit calling them to do the work which was creating their struggles.
Maybe God is calling you to something hard. Oh, probably not to do what Paul and Barnabas did, but maybe to talk to a neighbor or coworker. Maybe God would like you to go visit that family member with whom you have a strained relationship. Maybe God is calling you to be more bold in sharing your faith with those you come into contact with. Just because it isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it is not of God. If it were easy, you could just do it on your own. Check out what you hear God calling you to with other believers, and even if the path seems overgrown, make you way to do what God is calling you to.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I seek your call for my life. Amen.
Action: Spend time in prayer, listening for God’s direction.
Respond: When has “the road less traveled” brought you great peace and joy? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.