Acts 21:1-14 - We try in vain to fit Jesus and the Gospel into our own pre-existing kingdoms as we wage a prayerful and perpetual Battle of Wills with God. We see life from our limited and emotional point of view, which leads us to fight against his path and even accuse him of either being out of control or, even worse, unloving. God is slowly revealing that he is wise enough to know what is best, loving enough to desire what is best and powerful enough to do what is best, even if it makes no sense to us. In all of this he is revealing his perfectly beautiful re-creation while miraculously using darkness to bring out His light and glory.
When we are in the heat of our Battle of Wills, we actually have an opportunity to develop faith and dependence as we honestly confess to him our fears and frustrations while pleading with him to change our faith from the inside so we can pray along with Jesus “Not my will but yours be done.”