Not My Will, But Thine Be Done

How difficult it is to surrender the will and walk by faith, not by sight. Even Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of His crucifixion struggled to surrender His will to the will of the Father, sweating as it were great drops of blood (Luke 22). But for those who do great things follow, abundantly above anything that is ever thought or dreamed.

God called Abraham to leave Ur of the Chaldees in present day southern Iraq (Genesis 12) and move his family and possessions to a land which he had never been to before, eight to nine hundred miles distant as he traveled northward along the Euphrates River before turning southwest, with only a promise from God to make him a great nation if he did. In Hebrews 11 it tells us by faith Abraham surrendered his will to the will of the Father, and today we see God’s promise to Abraham fulfilled in the Nation of Israel.

Ruth surrendered to God’s will by leaving her family in Moab, present day Jordan, and following Naomi, her mother-in-law, back to Bethlehem from whence Naomi, her husband and three sons had moved to find refuge in Moab from a famine (Ruth 1). Ruth had married one of Naomi’s sons but upon his death and the death of Naomi’s husband and remaining two sons within 10 years of their arrival, the women were left alone. Ruth chose to leave the land of her birth, a land of idol worship, and relocate with Naomi to the Promised Land, becoming a follower of the One True God. As a result of her surrender to God’s will, Ruth became the great-grandmother of King David after her marriage to Boaz in Israel.

It was on the road to Damascus in present day Lebanon the Apostle Paul surrendered to God’s will when a bright light shone from heaven blinding him and took him to his knees. He was on a mission to arrest Christians and return them bound to Jerusalem for believing in the risen Christ (Acts 9). His surrender to the will of God when his sight was restored put Paul on the path to become the greatest missionary there has ever been and the writer of more than a dozen Books of the New Testament.

Surrendering to God’s will can sometimes be like Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, wrestling with God all night (Genesis 32). But when we are finally able to lay down our will and follow God’s by faith, humbly praying “Not my will, but Thine be done,” God is able to use us in ways never imagined.

I surrender all

All to Thee, my Blessed Savior,

I surrender all.

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