Acts 18:19 “They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.”

In Acts 16:6 Luke writes, “Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.”

The verse in Acts 16 tells us that Paul most probably wanted to preach in Asia but the Spirit said NO. The major city of Asia was Ephesus and although Luke doesn’t mention it, Paul would have wanted to go there as it was the commercial and cultural centre for that region.

In today’s verse, Luke writes, “They arrived at Ephesus.” The Spirit presumably said YES.

The point is this: timing. We must understand the timing of God.

The Spirit saying NO may actually be saying WAIT. HOLD ON.

How many times do people rush into what they think is what they or God wants for their lives? They jump through the NO or they become so frustrated with the WAIT that they GO.

WAIT may feel like a NO but it is a YES but not now.

Paul had to wait 2 years but he finally arrived in Ephesus.

Are you prepared to WAIT for the best? Or do you want things NOW?

You see, WAIT is a YES so long as you can submit to the NO.

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