“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.“ Luke 22:42
We’ve all heard how necessary it is to position ourselves to understand, and then to do the Will of God. But how about those times when our flesh is so loud that everything in us seems to be fighting it?
Should we go ahead with the decision because it is God’s will even if we’re crying inside? Should we ignore our struggles so we set our faces like a flint and do God’s will regardless? The truth is there have been stories of people who did the Will of God despite all their fleshly struggles and came out to give testimonies because they found that the Will of God was the most perfect thing they could have done. In fact, they even wonder why they struggled in the first place.
So, yes. Identifying and doing the Will of God despite your reservations is the best thing that can happen to you because as long as it is really God, it is hard to fail. But, as Christians, we should want more than this.
In the above scriptural text, we see that Jesus came to His Father to tell Him of the struggles He was facing. We all know the only thing that interested Jesus was whatever His Father wanted, so why would He even contemplate going to His Father to tell Him He maybe, kind of, didn’t want to do it?
First, there was an understanding He was working with. It was the understanding that He had set His heart to do only what God wants. And that’s the first thing you need to do. You need to ask Father to rearrange your heart for His Glory. And, then with that foundation, you also need to know it is completely okay to present your reservations to God.
It is not because you want to complain or give validation to those feelings that you do this, it is rather so that you might receive strength and understanding to do His will, and so you might come even deeper in intimacy with Him. Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
We must learn to relate with God as Father, and a Father wants His child to be utterly sincere with Him. Don’t pretend you’re not hurting, or that you don’t want something. Tell Him. What this does is that your Father gets the chance to heal you of the hurt, and to cleanse your eyes so you can see from His perspective. And, if it is strength you need, He strengthens you. Be real with God, dear Christian. It’s completely okay to be.
- Dear Lord, help me to unashamedly cometell you exactly what’s on my heart.
- Lord, give me the grace to do your will irrespective of the things I have to face.
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