I wrote a little bit the other day about being led by the Spirit, but have you ever considered that the Spirit also puts stumbling blocks in our way to prevent us from doing things? Consider this passage in Acts:
‘Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they 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.” Acts 16:6-8.
These verses have always intrigued me. To you and me, bringing the gospel to a new place may seem like a good thing to do. It wasn’t like Paul and Timothy were trying to do something wrong or sinful. But there was definitely something larger at play here, and for whatever reason, God didn’t want them to enter Bithynia. Maybe he was preventing them from harm? We don’t know, but whatever it was, going to Mysia wasn’t part of the big picture.
I think God still does this today. We get disappointed when things don’t work out the way we’ve planned. Sometimes, they’re good things. But we can’t see the big picture. The challenge in this is to not get angry with God when things don’t work out the way you want them to or think they should. Trust that He has a plan for your life and that your disappointment now is paving the way for something awesome down the road.