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).
What a strange prohibition! These men were going into 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. 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 upon 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.
Hallelujah, for the spirit of waiting. So many times you hear in the church do not walk in front of the spirit. We missed the still “small voice” speaking in our ears. We want to do our own thing. Listen to me this morning, Many years ago when The Mystical Order came alive, I was directed to start this website, but didn’t understand why until now. I waited from 2012 to this year to understand what service I was called to answer. I STOPPED when I was ordered without the knowledge and understanding. I never argued, but let the direction flowed. I pursued many areas in Trinidad until the right man came. I knew it when I read his story that he was sent as the deliverer to lead the Church in Trinidad and Tobago.
Yes, I waited in silence and after self-was taken out and died, God has breathed new life in me and opened my eyes to understanding, mission and purpose. I am so glad I learnt to listen to His “still small voice”. Now I am walking into His overflow.