Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Macedonian Messengers

"A faithful messenger… refresheth the soul… as cold waters to a thirsty soul; so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:13,25).  "They [Paul and his companions]… were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia… And a vision appeared to Paul in the night:  there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.  And… immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel unto them" (Acts 16:6-10). 

A faithful messenger is needed,
Submissive to the Lord's control,
To bring good news that will be heeded,
As waters to a thirsty soul. 

The Gospel surely was not hidden
Where Paul and his companions went,
Yet there were times they were forbidden
To go where they had not been sent. 

The Holy Spirit closed the door
To Asia, thus restraining Paul,
Then sent him to another shore: 
He heard the Macedonian call!   

Like Macedonian messengers
Responding to that urgent vision, 
So send us where the need occurs,
O Lord, fulfilling Your commission.  

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