When heartstrings are being pulled, it’s hard to pray, with sincerity, “Lord, Your will be done.” That blind step of faith pleases God in that we trust His outcome in the matter. But all in all, that’s still a hard prayer to pray; I know because I haven’t prayed that prayer yet without adding my two cents on how things should go.
Letting God have His way is the ultimate test of our faith.
When our Lord was in the garden of Gethsemane, He knew that doing His Father’s will meant He had to accept the bitter cup of wrath. That decision wasn’t easy; He toiled all night in agony; but concluded, “Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou would have me to do” (see Mark 14:36).
The apostle Paul received an invaluable revelation about God’s ways are best after he pleaded three times for the Lord to take the thorn away that Satan was allowed to dispense. I’m pretty sure Paul gave God a list of logical reasonings why the thorn should be removed. But God responded: “My grace is sufficient.”
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Once Paul realized that God’s grace supplied all the strength he needed to endure whatever infirmities and distresses came his way, it was his honor to showcase God’s power in those trying times.
But think about this: Satan can no longer control our emotions when we have resolved life’s outcomes to God’s will be done.
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