When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21:12-14)
A friend wept while saying goodbye to two of her children last weekend—one moved to Colorado, the other to New Orleans. I can imagine she advised her youngest to finish college and dissuaded her from moving closer to a boyfriend who isn’t Christian. When her daughter didn’t listen, she prayed for God’s will to be done.
Like my friend, Luke, Agabus, Philip, and the disciples of Caesarea wept when they couldn’t dissuade Paul to cancel his trip. They loved him dearly and didn’t want him to face persecution—didn’t want him to die. Paul was ready to spend eternity with God. His loved ones prayed for God’s will to be done. Paul’s heart broke to see them so upset.
What we think is God’s will for another may not be. So, do we pray God will make His will known to our loved ones and help them follow it? When we do, we should know if they stray, God will make good come from any negative experience, and He will guide them back to His path. We should declare what Joshua did. “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Father, I praise You for caring for my loved ones and me. Make Your will known to us and keep us on the paths that will lead to our best lives. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen