Jesus knew what was ahead of Him, and He knew the reason, even so the struggle was intense, more wrenching than any struggle we will ever face. We need to say we want your will to be done. It takes firm trust in God’s plan, and prayer and obedience each step of the way. God desires that we pray that HIS will be done in our life. When we change our focus from our will to HIS will, then we put ourselves into the position that we can do great things for HIM. It is hard to be patient for the perfect timing of God, but if we change our focus from living our lives for ourselves, we will soon learn the true meaning of life. It is not what we can do in our own strength, but we have just learned to live when we can say to God, “Your will be done”!
“He went a little further, and bowed with his face to the ground praying, My Father! If it be possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” ~Matthew 26:39.
Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, one night before HE fulfills God’s purpose for HIS life. Jesus was perfect and never sinned and HE was to be the perfect sacrifice so that we might have fellowship with the Father once again. Jesus knew HE was facing a huge trial. However, Jesus knew that this was HIS purpose in life and as such, HE was focused upon finish that which HE was called to do. Just as we have been promised that God will not bring a trial into our life that we are not able to handle, so also, Jesus was not facing a trial that God had not first given HIM the strength in which to complete.
This was not an easy day for the Son of God. However, HIS response to this trial should be an inspiration to all of us to keep our focus upon fulfilling God’s purpose for our life. Sometimes, in order to fulfill God’s purpose for our life, terrible things will happen to us. Stephen became a martyr so that the good news might spread. A man was born blind so that Jesus could heal him and God could receive the glory. Sarah was barren so that everyone would know that when it is time for God’s perfect will to be done, it does not matter how impossible the situation is, God can bring it to pass.
There are going to be times in our life when our trial sees too great for us. Jesus’ response to HIS trial should be on the forefront of our mind as we face difficult times. Our focus should not be upon ourselves and what we think we can do. Instead, we need to boldly pray, your will be done.
It seems like everyday I hear from someone who was going through a difficult time. and most the time they ask why this difficult thing was happening to them. They are frustrated with their circumstances. I also remind them that God had a purpose for the trial that they are facing. Some will tell me this particular trial they are going through has been going on for years, and I tell them it probably will keep on going until you learn the purpose of why God was allowing this trial to happen.
We do not run until we learn to walk. We do not walk until we learn to crawl. We do not crawl until we learn to roll around. So likewise, in our spiritual walk, God brings trials into our lives to help us grow closer to HIM. Until we learn to overcome the trials that are in front of us, we will never be ready to continue to grow in our walk with the Lord.
We often try to push things forward faster than they need to go because we do not fully understand God’s will for our life. It is important that we spend time seeking the Lord trying to understand what HIS will is so that we do not become impatient when things are not going according to our plans. We need to understand that is not about our plans and our agendas but that the most important thing we can do is submit to the perfect will of God.
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