Going a little farther he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will…” He went a second time and prayed “My father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.“
-Matthew 26:39 & 42
In the above verse, Jesus is struggling with God’s will. He knows that God wants Him to do something but He is questioning the way God wants Him to do it. Jesus wanted God’s will to be done in another way than God had planned. While Jesus may have wanted it another way, He knew that whatever would be done, would be done according to God’s will, not his.
This is a problem that we still have today. There are times when we know that God has a plan that He wants to accomplish through us, but we aren’t sure if His way is the best way. When God finally reveals to us how he wants us to fulfill His plan, we question whether or not it will work, or if it is even possible. I’m here to tell you that no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what seems to stand in the way of doing what God wants you to do, God can make the impossible possible.
Did Moses think that he could lead the Israelites into the promised land? He was a political leader that had been exiled, he went from riches to rags, in seconds and God gave him a mission that seemed impossible. Imagine the questions Moses must have been asking. He had to have been wondering why God chose him, he had no authority, no power, everything he needed had been taken away from him. There was absolutely no way he could free an entire group of people from the oppression they faced. Besides that, before knowing that he was really one of them, Moses had been royalty, he was one of the people who oppressed the Israelites. Was there any chance that they would even follow him if he was able to find his way back to them? Moses trusted God, He knew that a God capable of creating all the wonders of the world must know what he’s doing.
Now think about David. Do you think for a minute that he didn’t have doubts when God told him to take down Goliath? David was a mere teenager, Goliath was a huge, strong, giant that made people run just at the sight of him. Goliath was the image of power and he was going to use all of that against tiny little David, and all David had to his defense was a slingshot. David set aside all his doubts, and from what we know of him, that was one of his greatest qualities, even when he was in doubt he set them all aside to do what God called him to do, in his struggle with Goliath he set all doubt aside and let God do his work. David won. He beat the odds, what seemed impossible became reality.
God told Joshua to encompass Jerico, march around it and shout, and the giant walls that were so thick that they actually had chariot races on top of them, would suddenly crumble to the ground. Joshua must have been filled with doubt, the whole idea is absurd. But Joshua went through with it. Why? Because he knew that if God told him to do something, it must be important and God was going to do something miraculous. Man alone could not have produced that result, but Joshua knew that with God’s help it would happen.
All throughout history people have been presented with God’s will and have questioned it, doubted it, and denied it, but when they finally submit to it and let God do what He needs to do, it turns out better than they could have expected it to if they had done it their way. We all question God’s will. Sometimes it is God’s plan for our lives that we doubt and sometimes it’s his plan for others. Maybe God is telling you to do something that you don’t quite know how to do, or that you don’t think you can do. God could be putting it on your heart to lead and you know that you are no leader, but even if you don’t think you can, go through with it. It is amazing the things that God can do in your life if you just give Him the chance. You may even be a better leader than you thought.
Maybe your situation is more serious than that, maybe you know somebody who is hurting, and who doesn’t know Christ. Maybe that person is going through the exact same thing that you were before you became a Christian and God’s calling you to give that person a hand and be there for them, while ministering at the same time. You could have your own plan to help this person, but God has another one and you have a problem accepting that this is what God really wants you to do. You’re questioning God and doubting that He even hears your prayers. You don’t know what to do, which way to turn, and it’s tearing you up inside. God hears you and He has a plan if you just accept it, He will achieve it in His way, on His time.
If you are going through these situations or a similar situation, be like Moses, Noah, David, and yes, Jesus. Submit to God’s will and let Him work through you according not to your will, but to His will. We don’t know very much about God’s will, and that’s why it’s so hard for us to live with it and to live by it. But even though we don’t know too much about it, what we do know is powerful enough to erase all the questions and wipe away every doubt you ever had about it.
In Romans the Scripture tells us that God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect. A lot of people read this and don’t quite grasp all that it is saying. God’s will is good, just as God is good enough to send His son to the cross of Calvary, his will is equally as good. God’s will was done through Jesus to save us from our sins, this was the ultimate act of righteousness and it showed us just how good God is. If God is this good, so is His will.
God’s will is pleasing, that means that in the end, God will be pleased, and not only will God be pleased, so will you. When you see the result of what God called you to do in your life and in the lives of others you will be pleased with it. God’s will is perfect. God is perfect, so God’s plan is going to be just as perfect. Think about how salvation is achieved and everything that Jesus did to bring it about, the plan was perfect. God in human form, dying for His creation. It was the most elaborate most perfect plan that man has ever known. God’s will is that perfect, everything works together to produce the perfect result that God wants. Think about that, not only is God’s will good and pleasing, but it is perfect.
Whenever you struggle with God’s will, don’t think about the things you don’t know about it, but think about what you do know. You know that God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect. Do you really need to know anything else? Sure, it would help if you knew a little bit more about it, but those three basic characteristics are enough for God to do some amazing things through you. When you are in doubt, and when you are questioning what God wants you to do, remember what God said to Job in the Old Testament:
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for Joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt?
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death.
“Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? Surely you know for you were already born! You have lived so many years!…”
“Will the one who contends with the almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him.”
God was pointing out to Job the differences between Himself and man. How can we possibly think that our will is better than God’s? God created us and everything around us. God is responsible for everything from the massive stars to the tiniest cell. God created all of these things and planned them perfectly, why would we not think that God’s will is just as perfect as the things He has created? Can we create even a small star? Can we make a cell?
No. We don’t even know enough about a cell to tell how each part functions, or even what each part is. Our knowledge is nothing compared to that of God, and our plans, our will, could never measure up to His. What God wants each of us to do may seem strange, impossible, or even completely against everything we’ve ever thought of before, but it is God’s way. Even if it seems impossible, trust God and watch as miracles come true before your eyes. Submit to God’s will and prepare to be amazed.