Acts 21: The Will of God
In Acts 21, Paul knew what he was getting into.
Act 21:11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
Act 21:12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Act 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Act 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
Paul knew that he was going to be arrested. He trusted the testimony of Agabus who brought him this prophecy. However, obviously that did not stop him even though his friends were even encouraging him to avoid that situation.
This would be a perfect situation where I think most of us would try to improve on the plan that God had. God intended for Paul to go to Jerusalem, so Paul knew that he needed to go. That is admirable. On the other hand, I think it would be very easy to justify avoiding Jerusalem at all costs. Paul could have said that his missionary work was so important, and he would not be able to do it if he was in jail, so it would seem to make sense to maybe improve on the plan that God had for him.
We need to try to avoid doing that though. We might think that we can do a better job planning out the future, but as the company pray that the end of this passage, we need to look for the will of God to be done.