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A Clash of Wills

I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.” Psalms 40:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself in a clash of wills?  It is those times where we have an idea or plan to do something, but someone else has a contrasting plan — one conflicting with ours.  This happens frequently in our life, and it can lead to bad things quickly if not handled properly.  For example, I have seen married couples in anger over how tax return money was to be spent.  One had an idea to pay off credit card bills, while the other wanted to buy some more toys. 

It isn’t just married couples this happens to, nor is it always about finances, as we all will find ourselves in conflict over how we choose to handle something.  I believe we actually fight this battle more than any other as well.  I say this because God has a perfect plan and will for our lives, and yet we tend to get up each morning and look at our life as if it were our own.  We tend to make plans about where we will go, what we will do, how we will invest our resources, and where we will live; many times without ever considering what God would want. 

I think we often forget our life is not really our own once we have surrendered it to our Lord (1 Cor. 6:19-20).   Then there are the times when we actually know what God’s will is for the situation we are facing — or our life in general — and yet we choose to willfully do what we feel like doing, rather than being obedient to Him. 

God desires for our hearts to be fully submitted to Him, because He knows it is then that our actions will follow with a proper attitude of obedience.  

To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3 (NKJV)

Jesus knew this very well and He modeled the proper way for us to live.  When faced with a horrific death upon a cross He chose to ask His Father if there was any other way in which His father’s will could be done other than being crucified — “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Q:         What can we learn and apply to our lives from this?

We can make it a point to reflect upon the principle of Lordship each morning, as we get ready to start our day.  As we go to the Lord in prayer we can ask Him,

·      Lord, what is Your will for my life today?

And as we face various trials throughout our day we can stop and seek our Lord and ask Him,

·      What is Your will for my life in this situation? 

And when we conclude our petition of prayer we can — like Jesus — pray, “Not my will, but Yours, be done.”

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to seek the Lord’s will for every aspect of your life.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about knowing and doing God’s will?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord’s will in everything you do?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek God in prayer for everything we do and at the end of each prayer, let’s conclude by saying, “Your will be done.”

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me how to pray.  Thank You for showing me how You have a perfect plan for everything I face.  Show me Your will for my life today, and show me any area where I am clashing with Your perfect will.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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