Having a plan is always advisable, but being unable to function without one can lead to many missed opportunities. Faith can get us past our doubts by moving us into new places and experiences, situations where God's blessing awaits the faithful.
Paul's second mission journey runs into some obstacles in Acts 16. While in a quandary about how to proceed, Paul has a vision of being called from his planned route in Asia Minor to crossing the Aegean to Macedonia in Europe. Straddling doubt and faith, he is at the same time straddling two continents.
Moving forward in faith eventually brings him to Lydia in Philippi. Her wealth and status make her very helpful to the apostle who is trying to get established. God adds blessings for the faithful.
In John 5, the story of the paralytic by the healing pool describes someone stuck doing the same thing with no results for 38 years. Without request, without any profession, without anything, Jesus simply heals the man. Where he does it makes it a powerful story.
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