1 Corinthians 16:5-9(NIV)
5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
At work, sometimes we have great ideas and think it can be a breakthrough for us and for the company. We can envision a promotion, a pay-raise, more respect and admiration from our colleagues. In reality, not all of our ideas are winners. In a board room, there will be opportunity for meetings where the Manager will collect the thoughts of all the staff to brainstorm.
Paul had great plans to evangelize and preach the gospel. Paul had his plans and wanted to stay on at Ephesus. However, God called him higher by using opposition. If I’m honest with myself, if there is strong opposition to my idea or plan, I would back down and would conclude that my plan wasn’t well thought through. Paul had other ideas. When he faced a lot of opposition, he saw opportunity. He knew that God is always with him and saw that he doesn’t need to be afraid of the opposition. Paul embraced opposition and saw great opportunity. God gave Paul him a new vision through opposition.