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Daily Devotions – Paul accepts danger

Acts 21:7-15 (ESV)

When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais, and we greeted the brothers[a] and stayed with them for one day. On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. 10 While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews[b] at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

15 After these days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem.

The Apostle Paul was always ready to face danger in order to be faithful to his calling from God. In this scene, a prophet named Agabus tries to dissuade Paul from continuing with his plans to go to Jerusalem. He ties up Paul with his belt, to show him how he will be tied up and turned over to the foreign authorities, if he goes. Paul scorns the danger. He knows that his true life is found in being faithful to his calling to preach the Gospel, wherever God sends him. For more on Paul, read 1st Corinthians 9:16, and 2nd Corinthians 6:3-10