Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 10, 2019

“The will of the Lord be done!”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 21:7-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.  And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says:  ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’”  When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.  Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, “The will of the Lord be done!”  Acts 21:10-14.


We pray “Your will be done.” every time that we pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Matthew 6:10.

And, we also pray it and say it in the same or similar words so often at other times.

Do we think about how “Your will be done.” applies to salvation?

Many people pray and say “Your will be done.” and yet they do not want it applied to salvation.  They do not want the will of the Lord to be done in determining those who will be saved.  They do not want God’s election a/k/a God’s predestination.  They prefer salvation be determined by man’s alleged free-will.

Nevertheless, the sovereign will of the Lord will be done in determining those who will be saved.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.


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