Acts 18:18–23 (ESV)
Paul Returns to Antioch
18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And
they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking
leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.
22 When he had landed
at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all
These travels conclude Paul’s second missionary journey and begin his third. Travel plans and visits may not always turn out the way you intend. When you
travel, begin with prayer, and serve the Lord with purpose. Place your life in God’s hands; He works all things according to His good and gracious will.
I pray: Heavenly
Father, whenever and wherever I travel in this world, watch over me through Your guardian angels and strengthen me by the presence of my fellow believers. Empower me to live according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran
Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1875.