The Greatest Desire

 

“And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” Mark 14:36

When the will of God clashes with the will of man, which way will you go?

Jesus knew very well about facing this tough choice.  Yes, He was the Son of God with a heavenly origin, but He was also one hundred percent human and knew what it was like to experience and feel everything we feel (Matthew 1:22-23; Galatians 4:4; Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:15).

That day, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the prayer of His mouth was for another way.  “Take away this cup from me” were the words spoken when the heaviness and reality of all that was about to transpire weighed upon Him.  During the distressing prayer, His sweat trickled down like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44), so real was this battle.

Though His mouth prayed for another way, the heart of Jesus was settled that above all else, God’s will be paramount.  What the Father wanted from His life, from this moment, was the only choice to make.  With that, His greatest desire was spoken, “Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

Taking everything into account in our lives, how many times do we face the choice to do or not to do the will of God?  Does what He wants for our lives become our greatest desire as it did for Christ?  Or are we insistent on satisfying our own way and pleasing ourselves?

The heart of Jesus was to do the will of the Father, always (John 4:34, 6:38).

Where are our hearts leading us today?

May we follow our Savior’s footsteps and order our lives with the same resolve: “Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).

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“Wisdom is Better!”

“Wisdom is better,” is what I read twice during my devotional reading.  In Ecclesiastes 9:16, 18.  In verse 16 it states that “wisdom is better than strength” and in verse 18 it states that “wisdom is better than weapons of war.”  This had me thinking, how often do we resort to strength and weapons before choosing wisdom to fight the struggles in life?

Strength and weapons are carnal devices that depend on fleshly know-how and might.  Often these are the first resources that man runs to in times of difficulty and adversity.  Wisdom is dependent upon God.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction,” Proverbs 1:7.

Would it not be more prudent in the days of trials to follow the path of wisdom whose author is God?  Many of life’s mistakes are made from rash human impulses instead of the patient endurance of wisdom that God provides.  Christians especially are admonished to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6.

“Wisdom is better!”  James 1:5 gives us the key to finding this wisdom to help with life’s choices.  He said, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be give him.”  God will freely supply for the heart that seeks wisdom rather than the harried messes of one’s own way.

Today, choose wisdom.  It’s always the better option.

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My Soul Shall Be Joyful in My God! | Bible Devotional

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

The work of the cross in my life is a reason for joy!  The salvation that flowed from Calvary’s hill is something to get excited about.  A great exchange has taken place.  My filthy garments have been discarded, thrown to the ground, and I am now adorned with a “robe of righteousness.”  The sinner I used to be now stands as a “bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

Salvation is beautiful.  Salvation looks good on you, my Friends.  He has done a great work in our lives.  His redemption has made us new.  No longer are we what we used to be.  No longer do we carry the weight of the past.  The cross has performed for us what we never could.

In that, we are joyful!  Comfort has come “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

Yes, our souls have many reasons to be very joyful in what God has done for us.  We have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19).  We have been brought in as children of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:15).  We have been cleaned up and made beautiful from the inside out (2 Corinthians 4:16).  And we are now called by His name (Jeremiah 15:6).

Yes, my soul is joyful.  Yes, my soul rejoices in my God!  “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (Isaiah 51:11).

Everything on this earth that has tried to dull your joy will be stripped away when “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

With these promises in my heart, my soul SHALL BE joyful in my GOD!

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