The Holy Spirit had spoken clearly to Paul. He knew he was to go to Jerusalem and he knew that hard times and imprisonment awaited him. Yet, again and again, the folks around him wanted to him to take the easy way out.
And coming to [see] us, he took Paul’s belt and with it bound his own feet and hands and said, Thus says the Holy Spirit: The Jews at Jerusalem shall bind like this the man who owns this belt, and they shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles (heathen).
When we heard this, both we and the residents of that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. (Acts 21:11-12, AMP)
What is a person to do when faced with circumstances like this? Why if we are wise we will do what the Spirit says, even if it does break your heart.
Then Paul replied, what do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart like this? For I hold myself in readiness not only to be arrested and bound and imprisoned at Jerusalem but also [even] to die for the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 21:13, AMP)
And what do good friends do when they see our friend has made up their mind?
And when he would not yield to [our] persuading, we stopped [urging and imploring him], saying, The Lord’s will be done! (Acts 21:14, AMP)
Lord, help us be the kind of people who do the right thing for ourselves or for our friends. Amen.