And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people."
“Not my will Lord but Your will be done." These words are so full of humility and surrender. It’s what every child of God should aspire to attain. Yet, it requires a lot of sacrifice, letting go, giving up - none of which are easy to do. Many times, we want what we want and we strive and even connive to get it. But is getting what we want, what will really make us happy? In our own finite thinking we usually think so and too many times we don’t consult or acknowledge God because what we want seems “good” enough, “noble” enough. Yet, the Word of God tells us that we should acknowledge God in everything and He will, NOT might, direct us (Proverbs 3:5-6). So, what’s really the problem with surrendering our desires and will to God?
I’ve read a book by Francine J. Arnold entitled “Not My Will.” The main character was ambitious and very self-willed. She knew what she wanted and she worked hard to achieve her goals. Here’s the problem: she believed in “her” efforts and couldn’t see where and how God could fit into her life. She did not believe that she needed Him. However, when tragedy struck, God used it to bring her to the point of absolute surrender to His will and plan for her life. It was only then that she realised that she was not as in control of things as she had thought and that the God she had rejected had a far more excellent and beautiful plan for her life.
Even in my own life, I can remember when a few years ago I chose to surrender my dreams and desires to God and asked Him to “timetable” my life. There were so many things I wanted to accomplish but I couldn’t see how to fit everything in. Well, that was about nine years ago and since then I have seen God do exactly what I asked - ‘timetable” my life. He sent my children at the right time and even helped me get some University studies done. He has organised and continues to organise everything. So, as I read this book again, I am reminded of the absolute peace that He gives us when we just rest in Him and trust Him. And ever so often He reminds me that I don’t have to worry. He’s go it, from the simple things to the big things. God’s got it. He always has and He always will.
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