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Not My Will

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:41-42 (NKJV)

My wife and I have been blessed with five grandchildren, and we have absolutely enjoyed watching each of them grow up. Each of them has gone through the phase of really knowing what they want, regardless of whether their wants coincided with their parent’s wishes.  I know all children are this way at some point, as they need to learn how to surrender their personal will and submit to their parents' will. 

This lesson of surrendering one's will might start early in life, but it is a lifelong process.  The fact is we should all be continually learning and perfecting what we know to be right, and surrendering our will is one of those lessons we continually fight with.  Now, when it comes to dinner, surrendering our will might not be so tough, but dropping our personal desires to do what is best for others can often be challenging.  

I have found this decision of surrendering my will to be essential for my Christian walk.  Instead of looking at what I want, I am trying to ask God what He wants.  This shouldn’t just be for the big decisions either, but for every decision we make.  Jesus modeled this behavior perfectly in the Garden of Gethsemane by asking His Father to take the cup of suffering He was to experience on the cross from Him, yet He finished with request with, “nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  Shouldn’t our requests for our needs and wants be done in the same heart and manner?

Q: How can we truly have a peace about laying down our will, especially when our desires are for good things, such as a healing from an injury, or from sickness, or badly damaged relationship?

We can trust God is always doing what is best for us, and He will continue to do what is best for us until we finish our time here on Earth.  We can have peace because we know that God — in His sovereignty — is working all things together for good for those who love Him, and who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).  

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to surrender your will unto the Lord.  Trust Him with every aspect of your life. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6 what must we do so God will direct our paths?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you faithfully trusting in God to protect, provide, and guide your paths?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to acknowledge God’s will when making your decisions.  Trust in His guidance and leading.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for guiding and leading me in my paths. Lord, I choose to surrender my will today, and submit to Your will for my life.  Help me to see Your will clearly Lord, through Your Word, and in the righteous counsel of others who utilize Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott




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