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May God’s Will Be Done

Mark 14:36

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

profileWe saw in a message during Advent how Joseph and Mary yielded their will – their plans – to God’s plans during the Christmas story.  Joseph was to take his wife Mary home to begin their lives together – only to find out that she was with child.  An angel spoke with him and instead of divorcing Mary – he changed his plan – his will – to take her as his wife.  Mary planned to move in with Joseph – I would imagine – and they both probably dreamed of having children when the time was right and live happily ever after!  Isn’t that what little boys and girls grow up wanting?  Yet Mary was visited by an angel and the angel revealed to her that she – a virgin – was with child and they would call him Jesus!

With earthly parents like these – and remember – they were not chosen at random but rather by God’s design – is it any surprise that Jesus grew to trust the Father as well and to yield His will to the Father’s will at the Garden of Gethsemane?  Here is today’s passage in partial context.

Mark 14:32-42 – 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” 39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.  41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

How about us?  I usually wrestle with things before I end up doing the right thing – at least that is what my wife says.  I must confess that I do not always jump right up and do what I am supposed to do.  Oh if we could be more like Mary – Joseph – and Jesus!  May God’s will be done in our lives and in the life of our church!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 30, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The good news is that God’s will for us is always good. Our heavenly Father knows how to give good gifts to his children. Jesus prayed about going to the Cross. That was God’s will for His life, God’s plan. No Cross awaits us as it awaited Him. God wants only to bless us and use us to His glory and to accept what His Son did for us on the Cross. For example, we don’t have to pray what God’s will is regarding illness. He wants only what’s best for us. Healing will come, in His time, in His way, even if its the Complete Healing of the passing from death to Life!


    Comment by Favorite Son | December 30, 2013 | Reply

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