“. . . Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God . . .”
— Hebrews 10:9
Many people today seem to live in frustration, anxiety, fear, and disappointment. They endure a wearying struggle, often in vain, leading to dissatisfaction. Does this sound like your life? If so, maybe you need to discover the joy of praying to God, “Thy will be done.”
These words crossed Jesus’ lips often. He said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” And remember how, on that night in Gethsemane, He uttered those words over and over: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”
We must believe that God is good and that He has great plans for our lives. We can place ourselves in Christ’s hands, remembering that those hands have been pierced for us. But so often, we shrink back in horror from Jesus’ words “Not my will but thine be done.” We think that if we say them, maybe something like the Cross awaits us. But God has not called us to save the world. Jesus took that Hell in order that we might be spared. He loves us with an everlasting love. How many people do you know who would send their children to die for you? Can Someone who would give His only begotten Son not also freely give you all things?
Oh, that we would cease struggling and rebelling against God’s will for us. I believe that as we stop viewing God through our distorted, human lenses and seek His true nature as described in Scripture—that His banner over us is love, that the hands extended before us have been pierced for us—we will eagerly cast ourselves wholeheartedly and unreservedly into His hands and say with all that is in us, “Lord, Thy will be done in me.”
Cast yourself in God’s hands today. Say to the Lord, “Thy will be done,” laying before Him all that stands in your way of following and trusting Him wholeheartedly. And when He tells you where to go and what to do, obediently follow, and watch what God can do in and through your life.