During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, â€œCome over to Macedonia and help us.â€ Acts 16:9
Why does God communicate in the slow process of spiritual conversation? Would it not be faster for an angel to deliver a bullet point action plan with road maps for us to follow. Instead, there is this bumbling process of Paul feeling resistance to move further north, a dream in the night, and finding a prayer group meeting in a park outside of town. It would take a riot and an earthquake before he would finally meet the Macedonian man in passion begging for help to be saved.
Here are some reasons:
Relationship. We must learn to love him who speaks and listen for his voice as one familiar and cherished.
Faith. God loves our reliance up on him. The slowness of discovery requires much dependence on him.
Desperation. God loves it when we cry out to him. I wonder if Paul heard the man of Macedonia calling out, because in Philippi, there was a prison warden calling out into the void for help? Our steps can be the answer to the prayers of those who don’t even know how to pray.
Humility. The uncertain ways of following God through the unknown, cause us to make mistakes and tumble. We have to learn to totally rely on the Lord in a place of humility.
Dynamics. God works in the spiritual realm. We live in atmosphere of air, so when we speak sound waves carry our message across a room. God lives in a spiritual realm in an atmosphere of the Holy Spirit. When a person cries out in prayer or God speaks from the throne room, like sound waves, there are spiritual waves that move from God outward. If we are spiritual (that means depending upon the Holy Spirit) we become attuned to these echos from heaven and we react.
Father, I want to be a spiritual man, who is listening to the spiritual realm and is led by your voice. Help me to hear. Help me to get it right. Amen.