Observation: Acts 15 is a make or break moment in the early church. Had they not sought God for wisdom as to how to handle this issue, it would have largely nullified the work of Christ to save us in favor of following the law. We don’t add to what Christ did. We are saved by grace alone.
Question: Who was right: Barnabas or Paul? The passage does not tell us apart from the comment that Paul and Silas left commended by the believers. I think it is less about who is right and more about the reminder that we are going to have differences of opinions with other believers and we need to handle them in a way that honors God. You will find later in his life that Paul calls for Mark to help him. That produces a nice chapter in the story.
Application: Paul seems to miss where God is leading for a moment, but still ends up hearing God’s call and following God’s will. I want to live submitted to God’s leading in all things.
Prayer: Father, help me to worship You regardless of my circumstances. May others see the difference You make in my life in good times and bad.