September 13, 2022 – Reflections on “God’s Will Be Done!”

       “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” Luke 11:1-2.

         God’s Will is what pleases Him and that which He desires. When we go back to the first verse in Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”

         Have you ever wondered what motivated our Lord God to do this? In verse 3, He spoke light into existence. Then in verse 4, Father God made this pronouncement, And God saw that the light was good.

         Why was it good? God had a purpose, and the power to carry out His purpose. All of creation took six days. When were we created? Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27. This was the sixth day.

         This is the will of God, that man and woman should be made in His Image–spiritually. God gave us a longing and a hunger for the Love of God. This verse is so true. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11.

         Even in Moses’ times, he told Pharaoh that the plague of frogs would be removed and then ‘Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.”’ Exodus 8:11. Pharaoh didn’t understand that he should allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt until the 10th plague. It was the will of God.

         In today’s world, we hear my body, my choice. My will. And yet it is God who made us, God who chose us, and it is His Will, not ours, be done.

         What joyous thing does God provide for us when we do His Will? Spiritual Fruit, Spiritual Gifts to serve Him, and Purpose for our lives.

           The faith and belief Abraham had in God was so strong he followed God’s instructions to go to the promised land. I often thought about the travel without drive-through eating places, no map, or no definite destination, except ‘the promised land.

         Then God tested Abraham by asking that he sacrifice his promised son, Isaac. The son of God promised to Abraham and Sarah, after normal child-bearing years had passed. Abraham traveled to the mountain, but God provided a lamb for the sacrifice instead of Abraham’s son, Isaac.

          Then, years later, Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph. Jesus proclaimed, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” John 6:38. Just before Jesus was taken captive to be crucified – And going a little farther, He fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39.

         How does God reveal His Will His Will to us? He gave us eyes that see, ears to hear, and a mind that can think… about the things we see around us. The dawning of a new day, the brilliant moon whose light is echoed by stars un-numbered in the night sky. Our Lord God is great. He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:4-5. We see the towering mountains, with deep valleys, and the trees that lift their branch to praise the Lord. God created the wonders of the intricately designed smiles of flowers of many colors.

         Animals and sea creatures, He created in abundance. And each time a newborn baby arrives, we see the picture of the purity of innocence that God created.

          In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4. Jesus is the Word with God at the beginning, the One who died as a sacrifice for our sins, that we may have salvation. Through Him, we have life.

         Where can we know firsthand about the power, might and glory of God’s Love? From the pages of His Word.

         God chose men of faith like Moses, Abraham, the twelve disciples, and Apostle Paul to reveal God’s will to us, that we may become His children and belong to Him now and forever.

         The most important way of living to please God is by surrendering our personal desires, by “Delighting yourself in the Lord.” (Psalm 37:4a); and meditate on God’s Word. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105.

Prayer that is focused on spiritual growth in purity of living and placing God first in our lives. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7.

         How often we pray this prayer, and each time we do, we pray God’s will be done! Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:9-13. For Yours is the kingdom, And the power, And the glory, Forever. Amen.

         Choosing and living in God’s will, pleasing Him, is like an adventurous journey. There is never a day that goes by, but God doesn’t reveal a learning that gives joy and peace.