Our Will versus God’s Will – Placing God in Control
For most of us, the words, “Your will be done” that places God in control of our lifeÂ is difficult to utter and truly mean. We really just want things to go our own way and of our own thinking. This is because we generally strive for the easier, more comfortable, or more convenient way of doing things. Often however the easier route of the present is not what is best. This really came to light to me this week as I passed by the closet in the upstairs hall and found the door left open. As I explored why the door was open I found that my daughter had thrown the empty gift boxes that I had asked her to clean up in her room on the closet floor. She did what was easier ”“ her will by half-heartedly doing mine. How many times do we half-heartedly tell God that we want His will to be done but yet we don’t really follow through with it? We do it only part of the way because it was easier, more comfortable, and seemed more logical to our thinking. The moreÂ however that we grow inÂ our relationship with Christ the moreÂ we realize that His way of thinking isn’t likeÂ ours and in fact what often seems more logical and easy isn’t usually God’s will at all and that is because we can’t see the ”big picture” the ultimate plan.
My daughter didn’t see anything wrong with throwing the empty gift boxes on the floor of the closet. It solved the problem she had in the immediate and accomplished what she needed to do. She didn’t see the ”big picture”. She didn’t see the problem of the future that when we needed to find something in that closet we would have to dig through the boxes and tissue paper thrown in the closet to search and find what we truly needed. She didn’t see that a hasty andÂ easy decision of her will in the present could lead to a bigger mess and frustration in the future. Isn’t that how it is with us and God’s willÂ too?
We often don’t see that by half-heartedly doing what God intends for us to do we aren’t preparing for the futureÂ situations that sit in place to bless us. We know this because God does not make plans to harm us. (Romans 8:28) He loves us too much and isn’t setting plans in place for us to suffer. He often has to work around the choices we or others have made against His plans in order for His plans to take place. Can you imagine how upset, angry, frustrated and the emotional list could continue if every time we made plans for and instructed our children, spouse, friends, employees, or anyone to do something our way for a more successful outcome they either did not comply, did so in their own frame of thinking, or only half-heartedly did the job often resulting in aÂ job needing repeated? If this happened day in and out would we give up, move on,Â or perhaps say ”to heck with you all”? Would we feel disrespected and wonder why we even care? God doesn’t. He very patiently continues to love us and adjusts or reroutes the plan because ultimately His plan will succeed with or without our or the world’s cooperation. So if we think about it like this shouldn’t we strive to comply with “Your will be done” and not ours?
Our focus verse this week is from Matthew 26:39 and the words of Christ.
”He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, ”My Father! If it is possible let this cup of suffering be taken from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (NLT)
Christ’s Example -Â The Power ofÂ PuttingÂ God’s Will in Control
”I want your will to be done, not mine” these are powerful words spoken by Christ who saw the ”big picture”.Â He knew what HeÂ would soon suffer through but He also knew the end results. He put His full trust however in God knowing that He would be able to endure whateverÂ came for the ultimate plan to be revealed. It took tremendous trust, prayer, and obedience for the human Christ to follow through with this. Christ knew God would give him strength. He knew He must follow God’s will for the plan to succeed and that He could do it with God but not without Him. He clearly stated this throughout His ministry.
“So Jesus explained, ”I tell you the truth, the son can do nothing by himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does the son does also”. (NLT)
”I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will”. (NLT)
”For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.” (NLT)
Jesus knew and trusted God completely in all His decisions. He teaches us great obedience through all He suffered as He put His own human will aside for God’s will. This isÂ often difficult for all of us becauseÂ we do not see the entireÂ ”big picture” as God knows it would overwhelm us. We go through life with limited knowledge of the futureÂ for the most part and that unknown factor coupled withÂ a lack of faith makes us want control of our lives in this uncontrolled world. Most of us attempt to do the right thing as we move forward in life but it is sometimes easy to get swayed by the ways of this world. We allow ourselves to become more involved with our plans and not God’s. Perhaps we think we are on track with what God wants us to do but when it gets rough we quickly give logic to an easier route. ButÂ many of us are witness to the fact that if it is easy it probably isn’t God. He doesn’t think like we do because He is so much greater than us, humans. It is His plan He created usÂ for and His plan we must strive to live for. This means we must realize fully that God is in control and we must trust Him completely through prayer and obedience as we move forward in our lives because He knows ”the big picture”. It is His will that will achieve the final plan and it is His will to be done that we must consistentlyÂ seek.
Trust God and Put His WillÂ in Control
My hall closet is nowÂ back in orderÂ as my daughterÂ hasÂ put the boxes up properlyÂ how and whereÂ they belong. She may or may not see my ”big picture” but she will have to trust that I know best as I know that in the future life will be better in that closet because itÂ is now doneÂ the way itÂ should be done. HerÂ will of haste and easeÂ was however an eye-opening lesson to me about wills, specifically my will versus God’s willÂ in the ”big picture “of eternity. We must place our trust in God completely because He knows best and because of His plans the future will be better for us. The Bible tells us this in Jeremiah 29:11;
”For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. ” They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (NLT)
So as we move forward into this New Year let us all strive to seek God’s will through trust and confidence above our own as His ”big picture” will be better than anything we can possibly plan so together let us all say to God, “Your will be done”.
I pray everyone has a great week as we all move back into a more normal and routine schedule. Remember as you plan to keep God’s will first and foremost so His willÂ is in control.Â
Love in Christ,
Post Script ”“ Oh by the way let’s keep quiet and just among us that my daughter’s messy disorganization taught me a lesson ”“ shall we? I wouldn’t want her to think she needs to make more hasty and easy decisions to “help me out” with life lessons as I really do not have God’s patience. 🙂