We read in Galatians about this big secret Paul kept. He heard about Jesus Christ, but he didn’t immediately consult humans. Instead, he spent more time with God. He wanted to hear from God above all else and went to Arabia. In some translations, we read the term “flesh and blood,” which contrasts the difference between earthly thinking and the Kingdom.
What a great reminder for us to approach God first. Yes, there are times to consult wise counsel. There is benefit to living in community and receiving accountability. However, at all times we should approach God first. This is especially important when we are about the move forward into something new partnering with God. How do we approach God? Bible reading and prayer.
Paul was getting ready to minister to people all over. God had important work for him to complete, and this work needed preparation. He needed to be ready to be sent out. Paul recognized the need to be with God alone. This was a special intimate project with only him and God. Imagine how different Paul’s ministry would have been if he ultimately had people influence him first.
No matter what God calls you to in life, remember the importance of seeking Him out first always. This might not mean going in the desert, but it will always mean drawing near to Him. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). He will embrace, encourage, equip, and empower you for the road ahead. If you always approach people first, you’ll find that the people attempt to make you different than you were meant to be, and you will appear more of this world than not. God has big things for you my friend. You were made for more!
“He was pleased to unveil his Son in me so that I would proclaim him to the peoples of the world. After I had this encounter, I kept it a secret for some time, sharing it with no one.” – Galatians 1:16 [TPT]
“Was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone” – Galatians 1:16 [ESV]
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the secrets, the hidden things, the Good News, and the Truth You share with us. Lord, we thank You for Your Spirit to guide us along the way. Help us to keep our eyes open, and our hearts open even more. Lord, we ask for Your will to be done this day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!