Your Will Be Done?

candles

This then is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debits as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Matthew 6:9-13

For me, the four most difficult words in all of Scripture are contained in this prayer.  ‘Your will be done.’

Oh, they are easy enough to say when we recite the Lord’s prayer.  They become rote.  But when faced with a life-changing event that will probably bring pain or sorrow - it becomes must harder to say.

I think of the 13-year old boy who is still struggling on life support.  I think of a young girl, pregnant with a baby with a defect that could easily kill the baby before birth.  I think of a chat room member who may not live despite all the medical intervention being done.  What about the family that is falling apart due to a drug addiction?

How do we approach these situations?  Yes, I believe we pray.  I believe we ask for healing.  Yet, are we willing to end that prayer with “Your will be done?”

That, my dear, dear readers is one of the hardest situations we can face.  Are we willing, truly willing to trust God to let His will be done when it seems like the worst possible thing to have happen.

I have come to believe that God does and will work all things together for good for those who love Him.  Yet so many times I have not understood the things that happened.

I look bewilderedly at God and wonder, ‘Why this?’ ‘Why now?’

How hard it is to approach such times with faith.

Our illnesses can be like that.  Are we willing, if God so chooses to live our lives in our present circumstances?  Are we willing to follow Him no matter what?

Most folks are familiar with the story of Job and all of his losses.  Many know he had the things he had lost restored to him.  Most don’ know that before that ‘happy ending’ that Job uttered the words, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;’ Job 13:15

Daniel, when faced with death for not bowing down to a golden idol stated, " If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”  Daniel 3:17-18

But even if He does not ...

Have you come to a place in your spiritual walk where you can truly exclaim, ‘Your will be done’ and feel peace.  Do you have hope in God no matter what?

It can be a steep learning curve for some of us.  Life is difficult.  We were never promised that living life following God would be easy.  

We were promised we could know peace when we trust in Him and in His decisions.

I’m not saying I’ve achieved all of this yet.  I am saying I know that goal is out there.  I pray for the day when I can approach even the most difficult situations and bow before God and humbly say:

‘Thy will be done.’

Will you join me?

Father God, Help us to, even in difficult trials and circumstances, be able to turn to you with complete confidence in Your mercy and grace and say, "Thy will be done."  Praying intensely, but peacefully leaving the outcome in Your hands.  Amen and amen.

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