Continuing on in Paul and Silas’ second journey, we come to the cities of Thessalonica, Berea and Athens. In each of these cities we see Paul conduct the same plan of ministry yet it is met with wildly different responses. Where the first city is angered by the challenge of the message, the second is prepared by their devotion to God’s Word and the third is blinded by pride. The application is big for us: We are to be obedient to God’s call with passion, vision and wisdom AND…then we are to trust God for the response. We cannot control people’s hearts. We cannot save souls. Only God can. In fact, when we try to control the things that we cannot control, it is called manipulation. We follow God’s call. He does what only He can do…and He’s really good at it.