Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 10, 2016
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39, KJV
I don’t like it when I don’t get my way. My blood pressure elevates, my throat grows dry, the palms of my hands perspire and the tone of my voice raises an octave or two! Embarrassingly, I also become a little jealous and resentful of those who get what they want. Why them Lord? I feel called by You to do this. I work hard. I give You the credit for my accomplishments. Yet, what the Lord is waiting for me to express from my heart is, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Your will be done.” It’s ok to feel passed over, but not to stay there. I must trust God’s will is being done.
Jesus was at the precipitous of His arrest and execution. His emotional pain was agonizing. His physical trauma caused His body to sweat blood—and His broken and humble heart cried out “if it be possible” for there to be another way. In His greatest time of need Jesus Christ found those He needed most asleep, and once they awakened—they fled in a frenzy of fear. Jesus pled to His Father for a way out, but He ultimately trusted in the wisdom of His Father’s will. “Thy will be done”, trumps my will be done, and accompanies God’s greater purposes for His glory.
“Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:8-10, KJV).
The will of God is not always pleasant to the person, but it is always pleasing to God. The hard conversation that needs to take place is not without tension—even conflict, and the Lord knows authenticity requires humility, so hard words spoken with a softened heart are better heard. If possible, the Lord desires for His children to live in peace, so their lives become evidence to others of how the peace of God can facilitate harmony. What is God’s will? He wills what is pleasing to Himself—and what’s pleasing to Christ brings lasting peace to his humble followers.
Moreover, the will of the Lord is validated through prayer and praise to Almighty God. The wonder of His love takes a seeking soul and aligns it with His ways. The Lord reveals Himself and what He wants to worshippers who honor and esteem Him as their precious Savior and Lord. Just like a good earthly Father anticipates the wants and needs of his children, so your heavenly Father does not withhold what is best for you. Better to wait on heaven’s go ahead, than to go ahead and force a premature decision. Humility submits my will be done to Thy will be done.
“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19).
PrayerHeavenly Father, by Your grace I submit my will to Your will, so I may walk in Your ways.
ApplicationWhat deed is pleasing to God that I need to do, so I can be a blessing and so I can experience the Lord’s pleasure?
Related ReadingProverbs 16:33; Matthew 10:29; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 2:15
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