The Will of God — It Will Be Done, But Will It Be Done By You?
I. The Will of God — It Will Be Done, But Will It Be Done By You?
Jesus taught us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, which includes, as you know, the words: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
In the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing He was soon to be arrested and crucified, Jesus prayed to His Father about removing that “cup” (the immensely painful task of dying for our sins) yet concluded by praying, “Not my will but thy will be done.” Jesus trusted in God’s will and was obedient, even unto death on the cross.
A. Trust and Obey (The Prerequisite)
A key message for us in that is to trust and obey God. It is a message repeated again and again throughout the Bible. Adam and Eve were asked to trust and obey. Abraham was asked to trust and obey. As you consider the story of nearly every individual in the Bible, as well as the story of the people of Israel as a nation, you will recognize this theme that God calls us to trust and obey, again and again and again. The Pilgrims and many others who founded our nation in America also were seeking to trust and obey God.
Like the people of Israel leaving Egypt to go into the wilderness, often we don’t feel very trusting and we don’t especially want to obey when it would interfere with our own desires. So we are confronted with a choice. Despite what we feel and what we want, will we “will” ourselves to trust and obey? Paradoxically, willing ourselves to trust and obey requires surrendering our selfish will to God’s will.
Dr. Henry Blackaby, who wrote Experiencing God, warns, “Don’t ask God to show you His will if you are not pre-committed to obey it.”
Make yourself a bookmark for your Bible. Write on it the words, “Trust and Obey” so that as you read the Bible as your daily habit, you will be reminded to notice how often that theme for God’s people is illustrated.