Today’s Encouragement is Matthew 26:39 NLT He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Your will, not mine –
This verse is overflowing with Truth and meaning, but let’s just focus on this last phrase as it applies to our faith. “Your will Father, not mine.”
This is the crux of it my friends, our struggle of Faith. We all inherently and passionately desire, and strive for, our own way! We are born as selfish, grasping, self-willed creatures clawing our way towards whatever our hearts desire. This is our self-will in full exposure. And it’s pretty hideous!
However, a life of Faith is predicated, built upon, and upheld by the very painful and challenging – abandonment of our own self-will.
The world, on the other hand, idolizes self-determination, with cries of “Be all you can be! Just Do it! Don’t let anything stop you! Pursue Your Dreams!”
But God’s ways, infinitely higher than our ways (see Isaiah 55:8-9), are not the ways of man, of this world. And rather than exalting our own will, desires, and needs, every man… (including Jesus in this passage!) must lay aside our own selves, our dreams, desires, and will, in favor of God’s Will, His perfect way, His good plans for us.
And my friend… He has good plans for you! Jeremiah 29:11 NLT For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Father thank You for allowing us to choose Your Will, Your Ways, Your Plans rather than our own. You alone know what we should do, how we should live. Give us the humility and the faith to release our will and our desires to You. Be Lord of our lives Father, we ask in Jesus’ Name.