And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:9-10
The significance of the Macedonian Vision hits you stronger when you view it in light of the two prohibitions God issued previously against Paul’s intentions to preach in two other places. That vision amounted to God’s “Yes”. It was the Spirit’s way of guiding Paul and crew in the right direction. So one key takeaway here is that when God closes one door, He has a different door in mind.
Remember that the Bible teaches that Jesus opens doors which nobody can shut and also shuts doors which no one can open (Rev 3:7). That is why Paul, unlike many believers today, did not waste time battling with doors God had shut. And that is why also the apostle acted promptly when He realised which door the Lord had opened.
Our fruitfulness in ministry and in other areas of life will rise phenomenally when we learn this lesson. Let us today emulate the Apostle’s example. Forget about closed doors. Take prompt advantage of doors God opens. Don’t mourn over closed doors. Pray and look for open doors. Your life and ministry will flourish!
Pastor Josh