And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 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 16:6-10)
It seemed good to Paul and Silas to continue going west so as to preach the gospel in Asia (The whole western part of the country that is Turkey today was the Roman province of Asia). But they faced a ‘No Entry’ sign; we do not know how God’s Holy Spirit spoke to them.
So they set off on the long northward journey to the province of Bithynia. Again Jesus said ‘No’ to them in some manner. And so without stopping anywhere they made the long journey westward down to Troas. Where to go next? And there God gave them directions, using the vision of a man calling ‘Come, help us’.
As a result they made plans to cross the sea to Europe (See map posted last week). God’s obedient servants will know his guidance.