“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.” Lk 22:42
It’s amazing to note the abundant love of the Father for the world as revealed in this passage and in the events following. Surely He didn’t want His Son to suffer. This wasn’t His will. It was, however, the means to accomplish His will, which was to save the world.
It’s not His will that any should perish, but it is His will that all should come to repentance. So strong is this will that He would turn a deaf ear to His Son’s prayer of agony. His Son’s request for another way could not be granted, because there was no other way. Only by Jesus’ suffering and death could God be righteous in forgiving sin and saving sinners.
And Jesus knew this. He prophesied many times of His impending death. Yet when the moment was close and the knowledge of what was to happen gripped His mind, He called out for some other way. But even in that moment of agony He offered the prayer of consecration. He would dare not demand God to deliver Him if His will was otherwise. He trusted that God knew what was best and submitted Himself to Him.
Besides providing for our redemption, Christ did this all for an example for us to follow; that we should not seek our own will, but to seek the Father’s will. The Father’s will is always worthy to be sought, because it is birthed out of His perfect, unselfish love. If His will was perfectly accomplished there would be heaven on earth (indeed there can be heaven on earth in your family and in your church if you do His will). His will always promotes the highest good of being for all mankind. This is what makes heaven heaven. Heaven is when God’s will is done.
Throughout my life I have seen time and time again the wisdom of God’s will. It is not just birthed out of perfect love, but also from perfect wisdom. He knows what is the best course of action in every situation. He demands that we follow it. If we do not follow it, things cannot turn out well for us, since not choosing His will is choosing a way less wise. Furthermore, we don’t know the vastness of the consequences of our unwise decisions, and how they may effect another person, or many people. Nor do we know the vastness of the consequences of our wise decision to follow God’s will and how it may effect another person. God may choose to will the end your life to bring about the salvation of many, as He did with Jesus and the apostles and the many martyrs. Would you accept that will, if it meant great blessing for many others and great glory to His name? I hope you would. Would you lay down your life to save your wife? Your children? What about the lives of other men and women and children? God sees the value in their souls. We should, too. He wills that we lay down our lives as a living sacrifice day by day to save them.
It would bring a great blessing to the world and to you, yourself, if you committed yourself to finding and doing the will of God. His will comes forth from His mouth through His Word and His Spirit. We must proactively seek the former through study and meditation and learn to be sensitive to the latter through prayer and fellowship. If you do, you will soon come to the place were God’s will can be ascertained, most of the time, in a moment. And if not in a moment, you will know the proper steps to finding His will. It is not a mystery that cannot be known.
He has ‘MADE KNOWN TO US the mystery of His will.’ He has revealed the secret things to us that were kept secret from the foundation of the earth. It is given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Eye has not see, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love Him, BUT God HAS revealed them to us by His Spirit!
Jesus said, “I call you not servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing, but I call you friends; for all I have heard from the Father I declare to you.”
Remember Abraham? How God said, “shall I hide from Abraham that which am about to do?” And Abraham was called the friend of God!
We are the friends of God if we will only do His will. His will is perfect and is always to bring about that great command: Life! And life to it’s fullest!