What should I do? (Acts 21; Nehemiah 11)

“And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem,”  Nehemiah 11:2

“And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, ‘Let the will of the Lord be done.'” Acts 21:14

In both of our scripture readings we find a question that needed to be answered.  Here is the question, “What should I do?” Even deeper the question comes for the disciple of Christ, “What is the will of the Lord?”

Think it through:

In Nehemiah’s case, the walls around the city were rebuilt, but there were few people living in the city of Jerusalem.  The question is, “Why would it be important to live in the city?”  Answer, “The care and worship in the temple demanded the community support of its people.”  As the people lived in the city and worshipped in the temple, they were giving forth the truth of trusting in God’s provision.  His glory would be manifested!!!  We praise God that many of the people were willing to do the will of the Lord.

In Paul’s case, he was being led by the Spirit with urgency to fulfill the will of the Lord (Acts 9:15).  Let’s dig deeper.  As Paul sought the will of the Lord, he found himself facing opposition:

  • People who loved him directed him away from the will of God, Vs: 7-14
  • People who were legalistic would have discouraged him from the will of God, Vs: 15-26
  • People who were spiritually blind would have destroyed his life, keeping him from the will of God, Vs: 27-36

This next point is very important to grasp:  “The will of the Lord will be done!!!”

The question is, “Will you be a willing participant?”

Nehemiah was and many of his people were.  Their names are listed in chapter 11.  Paul was, and the obstacles did not stand a change to stop the will of the Lord.

Our response:

  1. We must not allow our emotions (A.K.A. love for family) to keep us from seeing the will of God.
  2. We must not allow our closed-minded (A.K.A. always doing it the same way) friends to keep us from the will of God.
  3. We must not all the enemy (A.K.A., the enemy of the will of God) to discourage us from the will of God.

Ours is a great task, obeying the will of God.  Here are a few verses that will encourage you as you seek the will of the Lord: Romans 8:36-39; II Cor. 4:16, 12:10; Phil. 2:17.

Now is the time for you to choose to do the will of the Lord!!!

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