LET THE WILL OF THE LORD BE DONE

Scripture Reading:  Acts 21:12-14

“When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, ‘Let the will of the Lord be done.'” (Acts 21:12-14)

Paul was determined to go to Jerusalem.  We must conclude that the Holy Spirit had directed him to do so.  On several occasions people warned him not to go (v. 14).  Even when the prophet Agabus predicted that Paul would be bound in Jerusalem and handed over to the Gentiles (vs. 9-11), Paul’s determination to go did not cease.  The disciples urged him again not to go (v. 12), but his mind had been made up.  He was going to Jerusalem no matter what.

Paul made his intentions clear:  “For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  When the people heard these words, they ceased in their efforts to persuade him to change his mind and they said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

We will face many things in this life that are willed with uncertainties and perhaps even danger.  When we sense God’s call, we must follow it in faith being willing to face danger, pain, suffering and even death.  This is the calling of a Christian — to obey God’s will and to serve  Him faithfully.

I know of missionaries who have put their lives on the line because they sense God’s call to serve in dangerous places.  We may not be called to this level of danger, but we must move out in faith, obeying God’s will as we seek to serve our Savior.  As we set out in faith and obedience, we must pray, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  

Let’s bring it down to our daily lives as believers.  We must commit our children, our grandchildren and other loved ones to the Lord and say, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  When we face making decisions, and opportunities come before us, we must say, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”  I hope you get the idea.  Whatever we face, we must in faith say, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

Lord Jesus, I commit my remaining days on earth to You.  Do not let anything get in the way of me fulfilling Your call on my life.  Whatever I face, let Your will be done.

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