Life Talk Devotion 05/23/2023 –
Not As I Will:
Then He (Jesus) said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:38-42
In yesterday’s post, the topic was knowing and conforming our heart to the will of God. In today’s Scripture, we see that wrestling to align our hearts to God’s will is not outside the norm of walking by faith. Even Jesus, the Son of God, in His humanity anguished over the Father’s perfect will and purpose that lay before Him as the Savior. His trust in the Father, even unto death, transformed the world and set the course for eternity. Therein, Jesus is our perfect example in all things even in conforming our heart to God’s will.
“The heart of true faith is rooted in and guided by truth; truth established by God through the essence of His nature and His Word. Without His truth as revealed in the Bible, man can only stumble in his effort to know Him and be redeemed by Him.” M.P. Bramble
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