Paul and his friends did not want him to go to Jerusalem since a prophet named Agabus explained in Acts 21:7-16 that the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem would hand Paul over to the Gentiles. Possible prison and hardships faced Paul however he knew that the Holy Spirit was leading him to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus had for him; the task of testifying to the Good News of God’s grace (See Acts 20:22-24).
Getting advice from others is good but sometimes this advice conflicts with the will of God. The thing to do is to pray, take in the Spirits’ directions for your life, and form a clear picture. This picture from God may be a vision that He gives only to you and others may not be able to see.
Four Steps to the “Following the Way” and having a great day:
- Focus on task that God would have you to do today
- Embrace the power of the Spirit giving you the ability to make what seems impossible possible
- Make sure you are inspired and uplifted as you start each day
- Ask God at the start of each day the top three to five things you need to get done
This day Lord, we might get conflicting directions from our friends. Help us to stay on track by coming to You daily and sorting out the situations we face. Lord, at times we want to take the easy way out to bypass unpleasantness but help us to know that the problems we go through in life are not stop signs; they are guidelines and it is during tough times that You provide sure signs of a brighter future. In Jesus Name. Amen.