Anita's Devotions

 

Is Lack of Peace a Sign to Change Direction?

By Anita Carman
Dear Faithful One,

Have you ever felt a lack of peace because someone you depended on is not walking beside you? When once you were so sure, have you ever found yourself hesitant and uncertain?

In 2 Cor 2:12-14, the Apostle Paul tells us, “Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-by to them and went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. NIV

Did you see the words “the Lord had opened a door for me”? In the midst of being sure the open door for ministry was one designed by God, we see Paul unsure and hesitant to move forward. He said he “had no peace of mind”. He attributed the cause of his uncertainty to “I did not find my brother Titus there”. In response to Titus’ absence the Apostle “said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia”.

On hindsight the Apostle admitted he left prematurely. That’s why he said, “But thanks be to God, who always leads you in triumphal procession…” He was saying, “I messed up but thank God He rescued me.” He was saying that God in His grace gave him success in his other efforts even when he had mistakenly left a divine assignment.

Oh Faithful One, when you lack peace of mind take time to assess what is causing the lack of peace. Just because you lack peace does not mean God is redirecting you. When Paul recycled over the facts, he concluded that God was the one who had opened the door and he was the one who removed himself from a blessing. Learning from Paul’s mistake, ask yourself, “Who opened this door of opportunity?” If you are sure God is the one who opened the door, then find your confidence in God and His timing.

At the end of the day, God is the sure and eternal relationship in our lives. With or without the “Titus” in your life, God’s mission continues.

I pray this devotion encouraged you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita