With a highly contagious virus roaming the earth, I find myself resisting. I have been sick for the past several years and am just starting to climb out of the pit of pain and fatigue. My fleshly desire is for the slowly progressing momentum to continue so that I can regain enough function to return to some of my former activities. The prospect of contracting a virus that would tax my body and likely reduce it back to a quivering lump of jelly is not my will. Yet…
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
We have an example to follow whether our will includes the desire to not be sick, not experience financial difficulty, or not lose a loved one. Jesus knew He was about to experience pain, rejection, and death, but He also knew that His Father was fully capable of working good from anything He allowed to happen. He knew that His sacrifice on the cross would provide redemption for all who would believe.
Although we are not called for this same purpose and do not know the details of God’s plan for our lives, we do know that all of our days are ordained by God (Ps. 139:16, Acts 4:28, Eph. 2:10, Job 14:5). God sees and understands what is happening and allows each circumstance for a reason that will work for the good of believers (Rom. 8:28, Jer. 29:11). Even in the most chaotic times of our lives, God is still in control and sanctifies all that happens. Dwelling on these truths leads to contentment.
(From “Learning to Be Content”)
“The sovereignty of God is a beautiful and peace-giving attribute rather than a degrading one as purported by our culture” (Learning to Be Content). It is similar to the earthly relationship between parent and child. A child who is confused, hurt, and frightened climbs into the parent’s lap to receive comfort, knowing that the parent is able to resolve the trouble in a way that the child is not.
The same is true with the current difficulties circling the globe, except God is the Father, and He is perfectly able, whereas earthly parents are not. It is possible to be content, knowing that someone who is fully capable is in charge – our sovereign Father. Believers can peacefully rest in His everlasting arms and say, “Your will be done.”
Question for Reflection selected from “Learning to Be Content”:
Why did Jesus yield His will in the Garden of Gethsemane? How does this compel you to yield your will to Him?