Thy Will be Done!

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went from home to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed. One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times. "Why do you toss the stick more than once?" someone asked. "Because," replied the woman, "it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right." She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air until it pointed the way she wanted to go!

Most people struggle to allow God’s will to be done though they want God’s intervention and favor in their affairs. The very idea of God’s will is mystical for most people. We do not know what it is or what it looks like. We pray about things, and when they turn out the way we want, we say it is God’s will even if the outcome has negative spiritual consequences. When things do not meet our expectations, we complain even if it is God’s will for our lives.

God’s will is practical. It is God’s will that we wake up every day, have food to eat, be gainfully employed, have healthy relationships, and prosper physically and spiritually. God’s will is personal. The Almighty God has a unique plan for each of us. It is his will that we use our spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences (SHAPE) to do his kingdom work.

The will of God is also universal. John 3:16 teaches that God will for everyone to have eternal life. God is vested in the wellbeing of the whole world. Everything on this earth was created according to his divine will and for his divine purposes. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that God does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God’s will is revealed in God’s word. God’s spoke the world into being as an expression of his creative will. The word became flesh in Jesus Christ as an expression of God’s saving will. Those who resist or reject the word of God are rejecting the will of God. We cannot expect blessings from God and have God-given power to defeat our enemies if we reject the will of God.

The will of God must always supersede our will. For, our knowledge is limited, and we are often led by our carnal desires. God is perfect in all his ways. He knows the beginning and the end, and he has the full picture of everything. Therefore, we have to obey and surrender to his will because his will is always best for us.

Most of us have to resist the temptation to force God to turn our will into his will. God is not going to change his plan just because we say so. If we pray for something that is not aligned with his will, we will not get it. The Almighty God cannot be conned, or pressured, or coerced, or manipulated into doing anything for anyone. I am learning to resist the temptation to present logical arguments covered with a veneer of religious language to compel God to do what I want him to do for me in my prayer. I sometimes find myself saying: “God if you do this then It will bless the ministry you gave me.”

God can bless us and has blessed us without granting us the things that we ask for in prayer if they do not align with his will. Like the woman in the illustration, we have to stop throwing our sticks into the air until they are pointed the way we want them to go. The fact is there are times when we will have no sense of direction and have to rely on God to order our steps. Sometimes, God allows us to stay a little longer in the valley of the shadow of death so we can become giant slayers like David.

God’s will is not always understandable and digestible. However, it certainly is transformational and spiritually consequential. God does not need our permission for his will to be done. By praying that his will be done, we are only affirming his sovereignty over his creation. When Jesus told his disciples to pray that God’s will be done, he was teaching them to trust the sovereignty of God, acquiesce to the power of God, submit to the authority of God, and appeal to the grace and mercy of God.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, may your will be done in the life of those who are struggling with the vicissitudes of life. And may your will continue to be done in your Church so that your people can reflect your glory.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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