Sunday, 26 July 2009

Thy will be done.

The Lord’s Prayer contains the words: Thy will be done.

What do these words really mean to us? Do they mean: “May God’s will be done and I will accept it.”

Or do they mean: “Thy will be done as long as it is what I want?”

Why is it that we are sometimes hesitant when we say: “Thy will be done.”

Let’s be honest now, all of us, (including me); is it because deep down, in our heart of hearts, we harbor that little doubt that perhaps if His will were to be done it might not be that comfortable for us, it would interfere with our plans, our lifestyles, and with what we really want to do?

Oh ye of little Faith!

7 comments:

  1. Yes - there is definitely an element of truth in what you say here Vic. Sometimes we are afraid that God's will may take us out of our comfort zones - and I'm sure this applies to us all... However, I am reminded of the following text which says:

    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthian 4:17.

    This text reminds me of a scale... I think this text teaches us that we need to learn to weigh our lives in the 'balance', i.e. this life duration in comparison to that of eternity in glory. Whatever we are suffering in this present life is but for a very short time in comparison with the life which is to come...

    We are sometimes short-sighted when it comes to matters of faith. We live by what we can see, i.e. this life and as a result we lose sight of something far greater, i.e. eternity in the New Earth which is to come.

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  2. P.S. Meant to say - Thank you for this post - it is one which is helpful to be reminded about and challenged concerning.

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  3. Hi Wendy,

    Nice to see you back on this Blog.

    I feel that by the very nature that we are human, we have human tendencies and pre-programmed genes that make it very hard to let go. Sure, we may say we have Faith. Sure we trust Him always in everything. (We do don't we?)

    But when we say: Thy will be done. Can we really let go? Can we trust Him totally, no matter what happens, no matter the consequences to us?

    Very few can honestly say that they can.

    I don't count myself amongst them, sadly. I say Yes, then like Peter stepping onto the water, I look at the waves, and panic and ...

    HELP ME LORD !!!

    I believe, Lord; help my unbelief. (Mark 9:24).

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  4. It's all part of learning to "walk by faith and not by sight." I strongly believe (from personal experience) that it is renewing our minds with God's Word which grows our faith and enables us to grow as Christians. The Bible teaches us that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." God's Word definitely helps to grow our faith... Abraham could never have taken the steps he did to sacrifice Isaac on the alter unto God unless he had heard God's voice speak to Him many years before telling him that He would make him a great nation... Abraham clutched on to what God had told him and these words must have been ringing in his ears as he was about to kill his son... Abraham held on to God's Word in a most trying situation and this I believe is what gave him the strength to move forward under such pressure.

    Personally, I know I could never have come through the storm of the past 2 years up to this present day without having some kind of nervous breakdown had it not been for God's Word strengthening me. I can honestly say that through God's Word, I have found God to be my Rock, my Shelter and my Strong Tower. If I had not heard the Holy Spirit speaking to me time and again and teaching me through the Word of God, I would not have survived mentally under the stress of our situation. One day I will share our story more fully but the time is not right for now...

    Yes, there have been times when I have felt 'faint' spiritually and mentally in our situation and it has been during these times that the Holy Spirit has come alongside and brought to my rememberance a text or passage of Scripture which He earlier taught me from and He has reminded me what I should do according to God's Word to continue to walk through this whole horrible situation. I can truthfully say that it has been the Word of God which has given me faith to walk this path I find myself on. It is God's Word which helps me to walk by faith and not by sight... It has not been easy...but despite it being a time of trial, it has also been a time of spiritual blessing and renewal and I attribute this to God growing my faith through His Word. God's Word is vitally important when it comes to faith. Truly faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

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  6. P.S. Meant to say, Peter the flop became Peter the rock (although not to get this mixed up with 'the Rock' which is Jesus). The life of Peter proves it is possible to grow strong in faith but such growth in faith comes from hearing God's Word. Peter heard Jesus tell him that he would become a rock. When we hear God speak to us - it grows our faith. We hear God speak to us through His Word. If you also remember, Peter got out of the boat and started to walk on the water... Peter 'recognised something in the voice' which spoke to him...i.e. the word "Come"... If you remember, Peter would have heard Jesus speak this particular word on more than one occasion and in the boat, he asks Jesus to speak this word again. Jesus, knowing that Peter is looking for something which identifies Jesus as being who He says He is obliges. Please see link below...

    http://instepwiththelord.blogspot.com/2009/01/recognising-voice-of-jesus-part-2-of-3.html

    There is definitely a link between faith and familiarity with God's Word. We become familiar with God's Word through listening to it.

    I hope this is a help for any who are facing difficulties and trials likewise.

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