Open Door but No Peace, So You Left . . .

Have you ever had the Lord open a door but not been at peace? Paul experienced the same thing. I was reading 2 Corinthians 2 last night at got stuck thinking on this section:

“When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:12-14 ESV

God opened a door for Paul but even though Paul was in God’s will, he was not at rest. Why? Because Titus wasn’t there. We too can be in God’s will and feel unsettled because someone we love and know is not present. Now I want you to notice what Paul does. Although the Lord had opened a door for Paul at Troas, Paul left because Titus wasn’t there. I’m not going to debate the theology of whether Paul should have left or not, that is not the point of the passage because of the next verse-thanks be to God! It is God who always leads us in triumphal procession for the sake of the Gospel! If you have repented of your sins and surrendered to Jesus, then God in His Sovereignty continues to spread the Gospel fragrance through our lives, which He purchased with His own blood despite our shortcomings, mistakes, and failures. (Going on in the context, I don’t want to neglect to mention that Believers are salt and light – refreshing each other and a reminder of coming judgment to outsiders, verses 15-17).

Ryan Marks

Ryan Marks is Director of Focusing on the Mark Ministries and an Author, Bible Teacher, and Support Specialist. He has a passion for discipleship and Bible study. You'll find him contributing to FMM as a blogger, video teacher, and podcaster. Ryan holds a B.A. in Communications from Thomas Edison State University and is a seminary student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary studying theology and Christian education. Ryan enjoys hiking through nature, reading, and spending time with his family and local church. Ryan hopes to one day serve a Christian university or online program helping prepare students for Christian education and to continue writing books and curriculum to help the local church make disciples. Ryan's business endeavors and bio can be found on RyanMMarks.com

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