“Not my will, but thine, be done”
Prov 3:6 – “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
In this short 12 word verse, we find one of the most precious promises of the Bible… the promise for the Lord’s leadership and guidance in our lives. But in this same verse, we find one of the most difficult aspects of the Christians life… following the path the Lord desires for our life.
One of the my most frequently asked questions is “How can I find God’s will for my life?” In the next 6 blog entries we will be seeing what God’s word teaches us about this important subject…
- What is God’s will ?
- Not my will, but thine be done.
- Thus saith the Lord
- Oh what a feeling
- Open and shut doors
- Summary of the study
In part number 2 of our study lets study… “Not my will, but Thine, be done.”
Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Our search for the Lord’s will starts with a brutally honest look at our own hearts. Before beginning our search, we must ask ourselves the question, “Am I willing to do whatever the Lord wants me to do?” By God’s grace we all can answer “yes” to this question. If we can say “yes”, we are ready to begin our search for His guidance in the many life issues that we face.
Unfortunately, if you are like me, at times, I would have to say “no” in response to this question.
King David is described by the Lord as, “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22). David illustrates this principle when he wrote: “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.” (Ps 40:8)
David’s desires were the same as the desires of Christ’s heart ….
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34)
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)
“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38)
Christ not only talked the talked but He walked the walk…
One of the verses that has been the greatest blessing to my heart over the years is found in Luke 22:42, “…Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” To appreciate the depth of Christ’s devotion to the will of His Father, please remember the context of this verse. The “cup” Christ is speaking of is His coming crucifixion. Think about it… when faced with a horribly brutal death on the cross, Christ voiced His own desires to the Father before stating, “it really doesn’t matter what I desire…. I am willing to put my desires aside, and do what you would have me to do…. even to the point of a brutal, painful, humiliating, torturous death on the cross.” (my paraphrase)
After being given such a wonderful example of self-sacrifice, putting our heavenly Father first in our lives, shouldn’t we do the same? Think of what a sad example we set when we go through the motions of seeking His will as an after-thought. We basically are saying…. “I’m going to do (fill in the blank), I’ll see if that’s ok with you, Lord.” What a shame.
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION
For those who are saved…
As Christians, we have been purchased by Christ through His death on the cross, paying the price for our sins. (1 Cor 6:20). That’s why Paul describes the need to be a living sacrifice for the Lord… after all, it is simply our “reasonable service” to Him. (Rom 12:1).
Would the Lord deny showing us His will, if we sincerely desire to act upon His will, putting
Him above all others desires in our life? I think not.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
In our search for God’s Will to be shown to us….
Prayer Principle #2 – We must pray for a spirit of self-sacrifice and self-control, putting our Lord first, as we begin our search for His will.
For those who are not saved….
The Lord’s will for the life of those who have never trusted in Christ is clearly declared in 1Tim 2:3-6 …
For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.