January 12, 2023
GOD’S WILL; GOD’S WAY
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 NLT
What is God’s will for our lives? We know from 1 Timothy 2:3-4 that God’s will is for everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. God’s love wants everyone to spend eternity with Him. But not everyone will make the necessary choice to fulfill God’s will for their lives. We also know that God’s will may—and probably will—involve some suffering. As much as God loves us and wants us to have a life of joy, He also knows that our growth and purpose will involve some struggles and suffering. We often discover a lot about ourselves during times of struggle and difficulty. Often our greatest growth comes through our most difficult struggles. I share the story of Joseph Scriven, an Irish minister in the mid-1800s. In 1843 he was engaged to be married when the night before his wedding his fiancé accidentally drowned. In 1847 he moved from Ireland to Canada to accept the call of God to ministry. In 1855 his mother grew gravely ill, and he was unable to return to Ireland to comfort her. He wrote her a poem to give some comfort. That poem was later put to music and became one of the great hymns of the Church. His first verse was: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer! Prayer gives us the opportunity to bring to God all the struggles of our life. In those struggles we must remember to pray for God’s will to be done. It may be a quick victory over the struggle. It may be God’s will to give us victory by taking us through the struggle to become the person we need to be to accomplish His purpose in our world. We should always be careful to think we know God’s will in every situation. His will and way are often not our will and way.
Holy Spirit I bring to You my struggles and believe You today to accomplish Your will in and through my life. Help me to always be yielded to Your will.
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