Our Bible verse for today: “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Seek God’s will, not your own.”
In his famous Bible study, “Experiencing God: Knowing and doing the will of God”, Henry Blackaby teaches an important lesson about how a congregation in a business meeting should prepare themselves for making decisions. He teaches that the business meeting should begin with a time of silent prayer as each person asks God to help them put aside their own opinions, preferences, and biases, and to the best of their ability genuinely seek only His will in the matters to be decided upon. If enough people in the meeting are determined to only seek God’s will, so they can then obey it, you can trust that God will reveal His will to those people. This is a pattern that we use at all of our business meetings at Oak Hill Baptist Church.
What’s true for an entire congregation is also true for us as individuals. When it comes to seeking guidance from God we have to do what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, we have to put aside our own wants and desires, and to the best of our ability seek only God’s will in the matter.
Jesus certainly had a strong opinion about how He would have preferred that matter to have been resolved. He would have preferred for God the Father to come up with some other solution, rather than He (Jesus) taking upon Himself the sins of the world and then dying a torturous death on the cross. In His flesh Jesus wanted a different outcome. But it was God the Father who had the good and perfect plan. It was true that Jesus would suffer terribly for a relatively brief time, but His suffering would result in eternal glory for Him and deliverance from sin for all those who would place their faith in Him. The Father’s plan was best, and Jesus knew it. And so, He submitted His will for the Father’s and simply did what He knew He needed to do.
As you are seeking God’s guidance for anything, you have to be committed to submitting your will for His – even if that means accepting an outcome that is different from the one you were hoping for. There is no better place for you to be than right in the center of God’s will.