Acts 11: 23
“When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.”
How did he know that God was moving in Antioch? How could Barnabas tell that the reports were accurate?
He simply had to go there to see for himself.
Sometimes you just have to arrive. You have to be there in the middle of the situation to be able to ascertain for yourself what is actually happening.
Someone asked me yesterday if I thought that what was happening in a certain place in the world was actually true, was this God? I had to say I did not know because I had not visited.
The leaders in Jerusalem heard and then they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
The problem is that we are not people who arrive, we are pilgrims in this land, our arrival day is scheduled for heaven. As a result we often miss the works of God because we never stop to look for them.
May God send you today into areas where He is doing something, where a person may already be drawing near to Him, so that you can encourage that person.
May God send you to find the evidence of His hand, His work. So that you can say ‘Yes this is God, I was there.’
Arrive, stop, listen and look.