When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. Acts 16:7
Interesting that after Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15) Paul seems to be trying to do just that yet is told “no” at Mysia?! Ever been told “no” and not understand why?
Paul didn’t let the no he received entangle him. Instead of asking why he kept his eyes on Who. The very next verse after Paul is told no it doesn’t list complaining or questioning but rather obedience. Verse 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. What if I chose to respond to God out of obedience and reverence even when I don’t understand and things don’t make sense?
An interesting fact since we are of the western world here in USA, that it was in Troas that Paul received the message from God to carry the Gospel to Europe, the western world (Acts 16:8-11)! Hallelujah for God’s yes’ AND His no’s!
It’s easy to become discourage by what we do not understand or does not make sense however His ways are so far beyond our comprehension. He even tells us in 1 Cor. 13:12 that right now we won’t see it all but a day is coming that we will! Hold on to the faith for that day, because it will be exceedingly and abundantly above all that we could ask or even imagine (Eph. 3:20-21)!
Whether it be a yes or a no, may we follow Jesus with trust with obedience.
Independent Read: Job 12:13, Isaiah 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:11