READ : Acts 21:1-16
According to Acts 19:21, Paul resolved to visit two places, Jerusalem and Rome. He did this “in the Spirit,” believing it was the Lord’s will. Both cities posed dangers for him. Obviously, Jerusalem’s Jewish leaders could be expected to oppose Paul. And Rome, the capitol city of the empire and center for Emperor worship, would also be hostile territory. Still, Paul was determined to go. His friends weren’t so sure. In Caesarea they urged him not to continue on to Jerusalem, especially after hearing Agabus’s gloomy prophecy. Paul’s response was a poignant question: “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?” followed by a ringing affirmation, “I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Paul’s attitude challenges my faith. I would have joined his friends, trying to persuade him to play it safe. Paul cringed under this emotional pressure, but did not break. He was convinced of the Lord’s will. Finally his team said, “The Lord’s will be done.” When it is our turn to let our friends follow God’s will, we must not do so grudgingly like Paul’s friends. Like Paul, let us abandon ourselves to God in joyful hope.
God, give me a desire to follow your will, even if it is a difficult road for me or for people I love.