Acts 18: 19-22: If it is God’s will.

“19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, ‘I will come back if it is God’s will.’ Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.” NIV UK

I heard someone say recently, on a TV documentary type programme, that if an opportunity comes your way, then ‘carpe diem’ – ‘seize the day’. I admit there does seem to be a logic and a certain homespun wisdom about that remark. However, today’s passage raises questions about it.

A few years ago, a major opportunity came my way. At least, that’s how it appeared. Whereas I had resisted all invitations to move from what I was doing up to that point, this one felt different. I had a sense that it might be the will of God, and there seemed to be important pointers in that direction. However, after weeks of prayer (and fasting) I recognised that this was not for me. Subsequent events in my life tended to confirm this.

‘’I will come back if it is God’s will’’ (21).

A big opportunity is not necessarily your opportunity. So seek to always know and do the will of God.