Mark 14:32-72; 1 Kings 9; Hosea 11:1-11
It’s not easy to know God’s will. Oh sure, there are some who will tell you to read the Bible, pray, and seek wise counsel – but even then, you can have nagging doubts. Once you believe you know what God’s will is, it’s just as hard, if not harder, to carry it out sometimes. Ok, sometimes doing God’s will is easy, I know that. At other times, it requires sacrifices of time, money and ultimately ourselves. If God calls us to a dangerous area of the world – are we willing to go? If God calls us to a dangerous area of the city – are we willing to go? If the question bothers you, don’t lose heart. Jesus dealt with that question on the way to the cross: And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Jesus came to earth to go to the cross. As the time drew near, He prayed for His desire of a change in plans. Here’s where the faith comes in: Lord, this is my desire, “nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Responding to the call of God in our lives isn’t mechanical and automatic. It involves struggle – first to find it and then to do it. It was a struggle for Jesus and we know who He was. They key though is in that final phrase. If we can say in our hearts “not my will, but Your will” and act upon God’s leadership we can do God’s will. Easy words to say, but a lifetime’s worth of work to do.
Lord, You know my desires. Often those desires are not what You want. Give me the grace to tell You my desires and the strength to do what You want. Help me to trust that You know what I need even better than I do and to follow You.