In Acts 21:14 it says, “When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Why didn’t Paul heed the warning of his friends to not go to Jerusalem? It was clear and repeated to him on his journey: if you go to Jerusalem, you will be tied up and will suffer. He consistently ignored their concern and kept walking towards his fate.
Here’s the deal, not one person ever told him that God didn’t want him to go to Jerusalem. People talked to him about what would happen if he went, not that God had a different plan. Paul would rather suffer doing God’s will, then not suffer outside of it.
Careful how you run away from suffering: it might be the opposite direction of God’s plan for you. Embrace God’s will. It may mean you suffer. Trust Him anyway. Don’t let your pursuit of happiness cloud your judgment. Sometimes suffering is part of our path.
Jesus, I don’t want to suffer. I don’t like being sick or in pain. I don’t like feeling anxious or oppressed. Yet, if it comes to me to suffer, give me the strength to run to Your plan and not create my own. Help me to rest in quiet confidence and know that you will see me through. Show me your purpose in my suffering.