It's the feeling you get when you're favorite sports team is tied with less than 30 seconds left. It's how you feel when your children are performing in front of a large crowd or when you have to make a life changing decision. That feeling that swells within your gut and causes every muscle to contract at the same time without you even knowing is called ... tension.
Tension is a force that can drive many reactions in life but what we all strive for, whether we know it or not, is clarity. We want answers regarding the final score of the game, how well our children will perform or what is the correct choice for our life before the outcome is ever apparent. It's a common assumption that we will fall victim to the popular clich "hindsight is 20/20." Perhaps such an assumption could be avoided by bringing clarity to our lives
Paul and Silas experienced, like many of us, a need for clarity. Acts 16:6-8 depicts Paul and Silas struggled to find clarity for the next city to minister the gospel in. Their life's calling had been based upon a mission to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. What's inspiring about Paul and Silas was their ability to create motion for clarity.
Instead of a road block they saw an opportunity. Both started traveling in the direction of Phrygia and Galatia in hopes of clarifying a direction. Once they were denied access there, they decided to move north towards the province of Bithynia. What's important to note is not their "failures" but their desire for clarity, direction and opportunity. Paul and Silas's approach led to one conclusion ... motion brings clarity.
In reality we make the best possible decisions based on the information we have available at that particular time. However, we can greatly improve our decision making by understanding Paul and Silas's approach to clarification. Motion brings clarity ... so look for it!
Scott Levesque is pastor at Kenai New Life, www.kenainewlife.org
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