In spite of the warning…

Acts 21:12-16

Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”   And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.  Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge.

Paul was advised by the Spirit of what was to happen to him when he reached Jerusalem.  He was not advised not to go.  We misinterpret sometimes the messages we are given.  Messages meant to forewarn and prepare allowing the Spirit to complete his work in and through us are not meant to frighten and cause  us to turn away.  Christ knew what he was to face; that did not deter or hinder the completion of his task.  Are we so pampered, childish, selfish, or weak we run at the first sign of conflict or opposition to the work of God?  Or do we press on to completion; withstanding what comes our way in His strength?  Are we greater than He that we cringe and cease to do his bidding if it causes suffering?  He told us, forewarned us, suffering was a part of believing something an evil world cannot stand.  He also told us: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  He did not say I will make all bad things go away.  He will carry us through those tough times and we will be better for coming through them in His wisdom and strength.

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