God’s leading ‘on the way’ – Acts 16.7-9 - When (Paul and his companions) came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Do you ever hear these stories about how God guides people? You may get a guest speaker come to your church or youth group and say something like, “I was walking in the field one day when a voice came from heaven saying ‘go and work in the village of Katoka in the Democratic Republic of Congo’. As I looked up into the clouds, they parted giving me an exact map of my route. I looked on the floor and there was an airplane ticket for Congo leaving in 3 weeks. As I walked home, the grass parted in front of me with a light leading my path all the way back to my house.” OK so this is made up but you may have met people who seem to have these amazing encounters with God. And God can easily lead you in this kind of way. But the most common way is either through the Bible specifically, or through you reading your Bible, praying and then making a decision to step out in faith. God will soon show you through circumstances, lack of peace, provision etc whether what you’ve done is the right way. If not, try something else. But just step out and do something. In the Bible passage, Paul and his friends tried to go to ‘Bithynia’ but for some reason it didn’t work out. So instead of going home saying ‘God wasn’t with us, we’re off’ they kept on going. They had been set apart to go (Acts 15) so what they did is went down to Troas, probably the next obvious town on their route near where they were going to go. It was while they went down to Troas that Paul got a vision of where to go – Macedonia. Very often it’s on the journey that we get God’s guidance. Sometimes we even have to set out and get turned back; or even go to a place that is ‘on the way’ like Troas, even if it’s not yet the perfect place. If God has told you something and you know it’s from God, be encouraged, keep going and God will lead you on the way.