I wonder if the Apostle Paul ever got frustrated in the will of God? Acts 21-28 tell all about his life as a prisoner on the way to Rome in the custody of a Roman centurion. The Jews were ready to tear him limb from limb, and so he refused to go to Jerusalem and, instead, appealed to Caesar as a Roman citizen.
God revealed to Paul in Acts 9:16 that he would suffer for Him, but I wonder if he realized how bad it would get.
- Jews took oaths not to eat until he was dead
- Felix was looking for a bribe
- Soldiers were going to kill him during a ship wreck
- The residents of Malta watched and waited for a snake bite to kill him
All this while in the perfect will of God on the way to witness in Rome.
Next time things are not going according to plan, consider that it may be God’s plan even if it’s not yours. I am amazed that Paul still says things like, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13 NIV).
In his letter to the Philippians he writes, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11 NIV). Talk about going to the school of hard knocks!
Next time things get tough, remember the Apostle Paul and the way he submitted to the difficult will of God.