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Thoughts on doing God’s will

Doing God’s will, God’s way can be a battle for many Christians. Personally speaking, I struggle at times to do His will in a way that glorifies Him and totally surrender my will in delightful acceptance. See the blog post: Duty Vs Delight Duty vs Delight – Blended Not Shaken While I want to do His will and glorify His name in my life, the self-life, as Andrew Murray puts it, is still strong in me, even 43 years into my walk with the Lord. This blog is a few of my thoughts and some songs that encourage me to do His will above my own.

God sent us His Son

Simply speaking, we need only to look to Christ as our ultimate example and role model. One of the most moving passages of scripture is where we see Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, wrestling in prayer with His Father. He knows full well what is coming yet in his human-ness, asks if the cup can be taken from Him. Nevertheless, knowing the will of His Father and that there is no other way, and continuing His attitude and actions only in line with His Father, He utters those heart wrenching, extraordinary words,

“Yet, not My will but Yours be done.”

We are to assume that same posture as Jesus. While it’s easy to say, “Well, that was easy for Jesus as He is God and He is perfect,” that attitude is probably a poor excuse and I’d like to suggest some reasons that might help us “to have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.” (See Philippians 2)

God created us so knows what’s best

Jeremiah 18 and Isaiah 45 outline the concept of the potter and the clay with God being the Potter and we as the clay in His hands.

“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker. Does clay say to the one forming it: What are you making? or He has no hands?” Isaiah 45:9

Why would we question what God has determined for us or doubt He has our best interests at heart? He tells us, also through the prophet Isaiah,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts nor are your ways My ways” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. ” Isaiah 55:8-9

God asks us to trust Him

God is faithful. He is trustworthy, and He proves this over and over again. We can also rely on His Word “which endures forever” and is full of hopeful promises we can stand on. If we say we love God, we will seek to obey Him in word and in deed.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all you ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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