God's Will Or Your Will?
“With my voice I cry to the LORD, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill.”
A person who is described as having a strong will is recognized as a person who knows what they want, is determined, and oftentimes it is challenging to change their minds. For example: a child in a store wants an item they should not have. There is nothing you can say to many children today that will stop their intense crying if you say no.
As the strong willed person begins to mature in their faith-life, and slowly begin to relinquish their own will to God's, they learn to place a firm trust in Him. When a decision needs to be made it becomes easier for them to say: “I want Your (God's) will, not mine”. It is then they will experience His peace and assurance in their decision. In turn, they will become comfortable to move forward with confidence, and will be able to dismiss the thought that it is not their own desire.
When you make a decision turn your attention to examples of Jesus. He was the model for all believers to emulate which includes how to seek God's will for your life.
Jesus knew His purpose on earth, and He never turned to the right or left from God's plan without consulting His Father in prayer. In this way, Jesus stayed spiritually nourished. That is evidenced when He stated: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God...“ So when you need to be spiritually nourished to make a decision, prayer is essential to stay in God's will. You need to seek His input.
An example in Luke 6 states: “One day soon afterward Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.” The following verse illustrates a motive of why He was praying on the mountain. It states: “At daybreak He called together all of His disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles...” By daybreak, Jesus knew God's will, and He named the twelve apostles.
When Jesus was teaching the crowd how to pray He prayed: “May Your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven.”. Many times a person finds this to be a difficult prayer. However, it is a process of completely surrendering oneself to the will of God, and trusting Him.
When Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray about His approaching trial, He prayed: “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will, not mine.” Jesus was suffering as a human, but He surrendered His will to His Heavenly Father.
As a believer, when you are making decisions, be willing to learn from the examples of Jesus. Surrender your strong will and prayerfully ask God for His will to be done. God will assist you to help you understand His answer, and it will be from His will and viewpoint.
Lord God, thank You for showing us the answers for our decisions. Help us to say not my will, but Your will be done. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington