March 18, Reading 3 – Acts 21:1-16

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SAA Notes

What do you find impressive or notable in Paul’s declaration in verse 13? Notice that Paul’s faith is tried but comes out as gold. The Holy Spirit does not hide from Paul what will happen to him in Jerusalem. Love and fear motivate the disciples’ opposition. Let us too trust God in His providence.

SJA Notes

“Let the will of the Lord be done.”

Is this how we think? Does this pervade the deepest places of our heart? Do we make decisions with this active trust weaving through them?

We see here the courage of Paul (which is the courage that God gives, “Be strong and courageous”).

And more, we see the active hard-won trust of his companions, the brothers and sisters that wrestled with the idea that this beloved preacher through whom God worked so well could well die if he went to Jerusalem.

“Let the will of the Lord be done.”

How much rests on this for us, for His people, as we walk this road. Sometimes with a good step, and sometimes as through the muck and mire, slow footfalls.

Because it is HIS WILL that is Sovereign. His will that we submit under. His will that we go about each day.

Let’s be encouraged to grab hold and wrestle with this ourselves, that in our lives we live with this truth working through us – Let the will of the Lord be done.

* Gracious Father,

Please help us to submit under Your will for us and those around us.

Please help us to go about Your will for us, each of us working through what You have in store for us.

Please increase our faith. Help us to each day step forward in active trust.

Amen.

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