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Not My Will

July 20, 2010 by  
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“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done. An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.” (Luke 22:42-43 NIV)

A traumatic event in my life many years ago led me to pray these simple but difficult words of Jesus, “yet not my will but Yours be done.” At that time I was ready to surrender to God and submit my entire life to Him. In a moment, God filled me with a peace beyond understanding. Considering the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” I realized there was nothing to fear since God’s will is always intended for our good.

Many people suffering from the anguish of illness, grief, financial loss, family or job problems should remember Jesus also experienced anguish; a sorrow much more intense than anything we could ever experience. Depending on His Father for strength, Jesus persevered until the end. The writer of Hebrews said: “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

If Jesus who being perfect needed to pray how much more do we need to pray trusting God will help us to endure. With the Lord’s strength we can overcome all life’s trials while we await the blessings that are sure to follow. Let us remember Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when our faith is being tested. We can be assured that God’s plan is always best and His unfailing love will sustain us.

Heavenly Father, help us to endure the trials of our lives. May You accomplish Your good and perfect will as You did in the life, death and Resurrection of Your Son. Amen.

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