HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.” (Acts 16:7).
Have you ever found yourself doing a service and you had to wait and at times you cannot perform? Have you considered it a hindrance? I have good news for you this morning.
What a strange prohibition! These men were going to Bithynia just to do Christ’s work, and the door is shut against them by Christ’s own Spirit. I, too, have experienced this in certain moments. I have sometimes found myself interrupted in what seemed to be a career of usefulness. Opposition came and forced me to go back, or sickness came and compelled me to retire into a desert apart.
It was hard at such times to leave my work undone when I believed that work to be the service of the Spirit. But I came to remember that the Spirit has not only a service of work but a service of waiting. Sometimes the waiting is longer than the service to be provided. I came to see that in the Kingdom of Christ there are not only times for action, but times in which to forbear acting. I came to learn that the desert place apart is often the most useful spot in the varied life of man– richer in harvest than the seasons in which the corn and wine abounded. I have been taught to thank the blessed Spirit that many a darling Bithynia had to be left unvisited by me.
And so, Thou Divine Spirit, would I still be led by Thee. Still there come to me disappointed prospects of usefulness. Today the door seems to open into life and work for Thee; tomorrow it closes before me just as I am about to enter.
Teach me to see another door in the very inaction of the hour. Help me to find in the very prohibition thus to serve Thee, a new opening into Thy service. Inspire me with the knowledge that a man may at times be called to do his duty by doing nothing, to work by keeping still, to serve by waiting. When I remember the power of the “still small voice,” I shall not murmur that sometimes the Spirit suffers me not to go.
Sometimes your greatest moment is the storm after the silence. As I close this message you will recall after all the noise made by Israel at the bank of the Red Sea, Moses asked them to stand still only for a moment and that was the alone time God wanted with them before the roar. God needs silence and waiting moments. So many times Jesus went to the hills and mountains for that period of silence. Let us put our silence into action today. God bless you richly.