The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of April 21, 2015
The Will of The Lord Be Done
Acts 21:12-14, “Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.13Then 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.” 14So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
Beloved, as I sit in a Starbucks in Albuquerque, sipping my coffee and writing my devotion I am reminded of the will of God in our lives. The Apostle Paul had been warned by Agabus the Prophet not to go to Jerusalem because Paul would be bound and delivered over to the Gentiles. Paul had been pleaded with not to go but he responded, “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.”
Beloved, the will of the Lord in our lives does not necessarily mean that we will have an easy road. At times the road will become heavy with suffering, pain, burdens and such. It is at those times that we trust an unknown future to a loving and powerful God who goes before us.
Paul knew that the road ahead involved suffering. Jesus had told him such in Acts 9:16, “For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” It was expected. We too have been told by our Savior the same in 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” Suffering should be expected. It is in our DNA!
What is important then is how we respond to suffering. Do we cry and complain or do we accept it in grace knowing that the Lord is working in our lives for our best and His glory? Beloved, in fact we are to rejoice when we suffer for the Lord! 1 Peter 4:13- “But rejoice, insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
Paul knew that he had to go forward. He and the others placed the future in God’s hand, “The will of the Lord be done.” Beloved, we must do the same! Remember what Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us!” Amen!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you! Please pray for me as I minister to my family here in Albuquerque. My Dad, Rupert’s health had declined and is suffering from Parkinson’s and Dementia. Pray for strength for my family as they minister to my Dad. Pray that as the outward man perishes, the inward man would be renewed!