Acts 23:11 But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, [b]“Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”

I wanted to take a day and just discuss this since Josh was kind enough to point it out :)

I believe that even if we don’t follow the perfect path God has chosen for us, God will still tell us to take courage. God will come alongside us and say, I have a new plan. Take courage I want you to do this new task.

So in my opinion this doesn’t persuade me one way or the other.
Not let me clarify by saying there is a lot to Paul. There is a lot to the path he chose. Comparing his arrest to Jesus, you see glaring differences. These differences I cannot reconcile and it leaves me wanting to study more and find out way.

I want to know why apostles and prophets who were not strangers to persecution and death, told Paul not to go to Jerusalem. And if we back track, to Acts 19 This was not the first time they told Paul NOT to go somewhere, remember this:
Acts 19:30 Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him. 31 Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.

It almost seems Paul is a pinch reckless. All this makes me want to study more. It is clear that Paul loved the Lord and did the work of his Father. However, to pretend that he made no mistakes on the path to glory seems a bit of a stretch.
Thanks for hearing me out. This is all my opinion, and I am open for good discourse. As always thank you for reading!