Compelled by the Spirit

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.” Acts 20:22,23

Paul feels the Holy Spirit compelling him to do something that his reason or intelligence would not support. It was not logical or sensible socially or in any other way for him to make a decision to go to Jerusalem. The only reason for him to go ahead and do it was the insistence of the Holy Spirit.

Paul knew enough about the Holy Spirit to know that he should honor Him with reverence and obedience even though he didn’t know what was happening or going to happen to him. He had a feeling that he would have to suffer on account of his faith and yet he trusted the Lord even in the uncertain circumstances of his life.

What kind of faith do we have? Is it the kind of faith that stands as long as things go well? When things start falling apart in our lives what happens to our faith? Does it keep standing or disappear? Are we the kind who needs to know what is beyond the next bend in the road to feel secure? Do we fear the unknown or do we trust the God we know who is in control of everything – the past, present and the future?

The foundation of true faith is God’s faithfulness. Trust the known God who holds our unknown future in His hands. Those who trust in God will never be put to shame.


“Dear Jesus, it is a wonderful assurance for me to know that You are in control of everything that will every happen to me. Thank You for taking care of me always, Amen.”


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