It’s About His Will

Jesus is praying in the garden of Gethsemane before going to the cross.

…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt….O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done….And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.  (Matthew 26: 39, 42, 44 KJV)

I remember when the Holy Ghost revealed to me what was going on in these verses.  My relationship with God changed in an instant.

Up until that point the relationship consisted of me asking God to do what I wanted.  Dictating my desires about what I felt was best.

These verses made very clear to me that my entire perspective was wrong.

It’s about what God wants me to do.  God’s will, not mine.

Duh.

I was so convicted and humbled because this scripture isn’t about some random person praying to God.  This is Jesus we are talking about.  God’s only begotten son!

He, of all people, is distraught.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. (Matthew 26: 38 KJV)

He is in a state of despair.  He is asking God to give Him a break.

Lighten the load.

He doesn’t just ask once, but three times he goes to God in prayer to express his grief.

But in the end Jesus accepts that God is in control and moves forward to complete the task that God sent him to do.

Jesus submits to God’s will.

If Jesus can’t get away with ignoring God’s will, just exactly who do I think I am to ignore His will for my life?  Who am I to focus on my desires?  I needed to stop focusing on my wants and figure out what God wanted me to do.

And then do it.

You see, that’s what this Christian walk is about.  Being in step with the will of God.

Doesn’t mean that there won’t be trials and tribulations.  Oh no.  The hard times will still come.  You will be knocked down more times than you can count.  One step forward, three steps back.

But you will have peace in every situation when what you do is consistent with God’s will.

Whatever that may be.

Accepting that I am here to do as God commands has helped to streamline my list of goals and objectives.

I have replaced them all with this:

Thy will be done.