2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.
Two days ago we discussed how we shouldn’t let people water down or detract from what we feel God is speaking. In that, I mentioned that this doesn’t discount human counsel and we see that confirmation here! Paul didn’t jump straight into allowing man to interpret what God had been telling him. In fact, yesterday we saw that it took 14 years until he visited Jerusalem for human counsel. Yet, after Paul had been faithful to Christ he found it wise to check for consistency with other people. Again, this isn’t the final authority on what Paul was doing but was a part of showing that he wasn’t “running his race in vain.” In other words, Paul wanted to assure that all of those preaching were on the same page.
There’s a lot to be said about seeking human counsel and it’s important to seek unity. However, we should never allow humans to chump what God has communicated to us. If you notice, the reason Paul went to Jerusalem was because directed to do so by God “in response to a revelation.” Let’s not discount human counsel, but instead seek God’s guidance as to when/where it needs to come from. If we are listening to God for our planning and asking Him for guidance on further direction we will find sufficient direction as to what to do next.
God help me to not just hear You speak once and jump to planning. Instead draw me to seek Your guidance daily and on each step. Keep me from being so proud and assuming I can figure out the rest of the plan. Amen.
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