Matthew 6:10 KJV
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
John 4:34 KJV
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
This is going to be one of my “Did you ever?” posts. God stopped me in my tracks again this morning. I’m working today (yes I have a great part time job – I can write a post at work!) and I usually start out to get to work about 6:30 AM while it is still dark here. I usually pray as I am driving (I’ve been known to drive right by the place I usually stop to pick up a coffee), but not this morning.
I was deep in thought and I did stop and get a coffee and my mind was going a hundred miles a minute. My wife and I are dealing with an issue and the thoughts were coming fast and furious. I’m assuming that most of you are like me in this particular matter, I don’t necessarily share everything on this blog. There are personal issues that I keep to myself, difficulties that we are going through, especially if it pertains to immediate family. This “issue” would be one of those personal issues.
My drive to work prayers are what I call my “light” prayers. Later on, I devote more time to my “daily” prayer, and it was in my “daily” prayer that God stopped me. You see, while I was driving to work and after I got to work, I acted on those thoughts that had been going through my mind and I thought that what I had produced had actually gone pretty well. But God’s grace intervened and just before I literally acted upon my thoughts, my wife called me and we discussed what I had produced. Short story is that what I had produced wasn’t acted upon. We would “discuss” it later at home. If you’ve been married 50+ years like I have, you pretty well know what conclusion “discussing” this at home is going to arrive at.
Then I went to my “daily prayers” and God’s will came to the forefront of my prayer and that is where I stopped. The thing is I already knew God’s will on this particular matter and for some stupid reason, I had placed that temporarily aside. My will had come to the forefront and I was relying on my mindful conclusions. I had come “that close” to acting without considering God’s will, again. I began to trust in my own logic, my own conclusions, my own remedy. Nice boy but not too bright.
I’d been praying about a need that we have and I had stated that, if it wasn’t God’s will to do what I had asked of Him, then in trust, I asked that indeed, His will would be done, even if it was not the fulfillment of what I had asked for. Those words, “Thy will be done”, stopped me in my tracks, because it clearly pertained to the other tissue we were currently dealing with, that my mind had been focused on while driving into work.
And then I thought of the importance that Jesus attached to His own following of His Father’s will, when He was here on earth. How important? Think BIG. Jesus called doing His Father’s will, His meat. Not bread, meat. And I keep missing that. And it happened so easily, like I had been caught up in the current of a stream and moved out into the strong current, swept away if you will, by my own mindful conclusions.
Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.
If this was the meat that Jesus fed on, that sustained Him, while He was here on earth, and we are to learn of Him, this is no tossed salad that we are talking about. This isn’t a side dish, it’s the main course, and there is only one menu.
So I confessed my sin and shook my head at myself, again. Did you notice that unscheduled phone call from my wife? That is called God’s grace. Again, again and again.
When I ask God to order my steps, I have to learn to actually follow His direction. When I tell God all my concerns in prayer, I do have to actually do what He says to do. And sometimes, actually a lot of times, God just asks us to leave it with Him. That trust aspect is precious and it is what builds our faith because the bottom line is that God’s thoughts are different from our thoughts and God’s ways are different from our ways and therein lies the reality of experiencing the faithfulness of God. If we don’t trust, we don’t experience, and yes, it may in some cases indeed take years and yes, we may never actually see it while we are here on earth, but, if what we ask for is in accordance with God’s will, you can bank on it that it will happen.
So there, just thought I would share that with you.
“That close”, happened yet once again.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!