What a warm passage of Scripture.
Paul clearly has a high regard for the people of Macedonia and doesn’t just want to ‘fly’ through. He also has opportunity for ministry, a “great door for effective work has opened to me”.
We face decisions everyday of the week, and many times during those days.
Paul, even in the face of “many who oppose me”, is prepared to do whqt he thinks the Lord is in. He has other opportunities, like seeing his friends in Macedonia, but chooses to stay in Ephesus because of the opportunities there.
The road of least resistance, a kind of fatalism, is very attractive. I have more than once followed it! I need to ensure that I follow Christ in faith, not just because the circumstances seem favourable or easy!
Father, help me to follow You faithfully, even when it is difficult and opposition awaits me.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta