Has the Lord ever told you to do something that you just didn’t want to do? Yeah, me too. I’ve wrestled with him over so many things because I just didn’t like what I was hearing. I guess I thought that if I protested enough he would change his mind. Funny thing though, he never did.
The disciples with Paul were totally doing that same thing. The Holy Spirit had been pretty clear that Paul needed to go to Jerusalem. But he had also been pretty clear that a lot of bad things would happen once he was there. The disciples didn’t want Paul to go through all that, so they asked him not to go. In fact, they begged him not to.
But Paul wouldn’t budge. He got it. He knew spreading the gospel was what God had called him to do, and he was ready to give up his life to complete that mission. Complete and total obedience.
The disciples finally got there, but only because they couldn’t change Paul’s mind. When they realized they were wasting their time trying is when they finally said, “Let the Lord’s will be done.”
I actually chuckled at this a little. They gave into the Lord because they had no other choice. Their attempts to operate outside of it had failed. That’s not exactly obedience. I’d classify it more as desperation.
But I’ve been there. Man, can I relate to these guys. Maybe it’s so funny because it’s so true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked in what appears to be obedience, but only after none of my ways worked.
I’m actually walking through this a little right now. He’s given me some pretty big clarity on something I’ve been dealing with for a while now, and there’s a step I’ve got to take in response to that. There are several outcomes it could lead to, and I honestly have no clue which way it will go. I just can’t help but think that the Lord brought me to this passage today as a reminder that he knows which way it will go, and I can trust that. His will is always better than mine, and if I really believe that, obedience should be as easy for me as it was for Paul.
I do believe it.
I do trust him.
I do want his will to be done.
Obedience, not desperation.
I’ll keep you posted.
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