Thy Kingdom, Thy Will or My Kingdom, My Will?
Trying to control circumstances, details, events, and even people is a mirage I lustfully pursue at times. Avoiding the possibility of discomfort, uneasiness, uncertainty, or pain usually drives my controlling tendencies. I think my plan better serves my needs, and since I am a nice guy, my plan will benefit others also.
Even Jesus, when anticipating that immense pain just before that Good Friday 2000 years ago, wondered for a moment if He had a better plan than God….. but knew that God’s plan really was the perfect plan. So Jesus who was perfect, all powerful, and all knowing, was willing to trust His Father’s will and agenda instead of his own.
We are ignorant, know nothing of the future, have minimal power over ourselves, let alone others, events, and circumstances. Yet we try, even demand to control and manipulate to avoid minor discomfort. When other things happen anyways because we can’t control much at all, we dare doubt God’s plan and wish our will occurred instead of the circumstances our Loving and Omnipotent God willed into our life.
Who died and left you king of your kingdom? Actually Jesus died for you to show you He has the power and authority to be the king of your life.
If Jesus could be a servant in God’s kingdom, we should be grateful and happy to be a servant to the King of Kings. In today’s decisions, compare your will to His... and please choose His. Life is better that way... mine certainly is!
Dear Father, I confess that I am impatient at times and want my will to have immediate gratification and answers. Thank you for your patience with me, and the grace you grant me, daily, in protecting me from my will, and helping me see your love and wisdom in your ways. Continue to open my eyes so I can get out of the Holy Spirit’s way in teaching me humility and openness to your authority and will in and for my life. Continue to transform my heart to conform to your desires and not my own. Thanks for sending Jesus to die for me, so I could join your Kingdom forever. In my Savior’s name, Amen.
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:41-44
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:34