Your Will Be Done Leads to Trust (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 258)
Matthew 6:10 (NLT)
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
God has a specific plan and purpose for each and every one of our lives. The Bible tells us that his ways are good and his plans are perfect. Part of being a believer and a participant in God’s family is being willing to search out God’s will and to allow his will to be done even when we don’t understand it and it seemingly doesn’t make sense.
We show God how much we trust him with our lives every time we say “may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” And even if we don’t say it verbally, God wants to know that we have a heart that seeks to do his will in every aspect of our lives. When we pray or attempt to do anything for God, we must first commit our ways to his way and our wills to his will.
Jesus prayed this simple prayer back to God the Father because he knew that God knows what is best. Jesus wanted the cup of agony and suffering to pass from him before he went to the cross, but he gave it all over to God, not in resentment or resignation, but in humble, honest trust and anticipation of what God was going to do in the earth. It was God’s will for him to go to the cross and he willingly laid down his life.
We pray that God’s will be done in earth as it is done in heaven because all things in God’s space is perfect. People have corrupted earth and when the will of the people is done, many times, it leads to more pain, suffering, and disillusion. But when God’s will is done, we can be certain that it is for our good. When we allow God’s will to be done in our lives, we are not just giving up our way, we are giving up our hearts to the God who can be trusted.
I have learned to be open at all times to the will of God. It is in the will of God that there is peace and rest. Knowing that I want God’s will to be done in my life is the greatest safety net one can have. Because when God knows you want his will and you are willing to trust him with your life even if it doesn’t make a bit of sense in our finite minds, he proves that his way is best. He gives us the desires of our hearts and allows us to experience his rest in our lives so that we can walk through valleys of death and not be moved, and we can endure challenges and obstacles with courage and grace.
“I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.”
— A.W. Tozer