Entrusting Our Friends to God
“While we were staying for many 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, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged 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 imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” Acts 21:10-14
“I have good news and bad news. God has called us to move back home.”
I was stunned by the words of our friend. He told us God was calling him and his family, who we had grown to see as our own family, to move back to his home town.
My emotions were turbulent. One hour I fought sadness, another I struggled with loneliness, another fear surged through me, and yet another I felt angry. Though at first I directed my feelings at my friends, I later came to see they were truly directed at God.
Why did you give us these close friends, why did you make us close like family, why did you bring us to this town so close to them, to tear them away from us two years later?
It was this passage in Acts I came to a week later. Like Paul’s companions, I had my own ideas for my friends. I wanted our children to grow up together, I wanted us to grow together in our faith. I wanted my will for my friends, not God’s.
But like Paul’s companions, I need to proclaim, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” My life—their life—it isn’t about me. It’s about God and His glory. In my limited human abilities, I don’t have perfect wisdom to know what is best for my friends; I don’t have the sovereignty to craft the future. But God does—and He’s working all things together for their good and mine (Romans 8:28-30), though it may not seem good in the moment.
In this, God is teaching me to entrust my friends to Him, even when it’s not the way I pictured it.
God, I am so thankful for the time You have given me with my friends. I am thankful You placed such godly and loving people in my life. They are truly the closest and best friends I have ever had. I ask that You would help them on this new adventure, give them strength and courage, and help me to entrust them to You. Help me to love them well in this.
Say a prayer today for a friend of yours, and remember the point of this prayer isn’t to make God comply to your will, but to align your heart to God’s, as you pray, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”