Faith and “Thy Will be Done”

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as you will. Matthew 26:39 (ESV)

As hard as it is sometimes, there are some things that are not in our control. They just aren’t. My sister has Parkinson’s. It is not anything I would wish on anyone. It is not curable, but through medications, it can be somewhat managed. I don’t like that she has to deal with all the side effects, but she has come to terms with it. Jesus, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, had to do the same thing. As I was reading through this passage this week, I thought about different times in my life when I had to admit, I can’t control it. It is in Your hands.

One such times, was when my husband passed. The loneliness, the grief, the struggle to accept widowhood was difficult. It was a cup I had to drink, but I did not like it. I longed for my “old” life. Reading Jesus’ struggle to accept His cup was comforting. I know His cup was much much more difficult than mine would/could ever be, but he left us a pattern to follow.

He fell on the ground. I fell on my bed!

He poured His heart out to His father. I poured out my heartache to Him.

He discovered His friends had fallen asleep, even after He asked them to pray. Although I knew people were praying for me, I often felt alone and forgotten. It was during these times of prayer that I realized there are some things we have to work out with the Father, alone. It is our cup. No one else can drink it, but ourselves. The amazing thing I learned was the Lord is right there, helping us drink every cup of difficulty we face. As I turned to Him, I understood the fellowship that happens through suffering. My relationship with Him deepened and grew. It took time and many sessions to work through my initial grief, but He is faithful. He did not grow tired and weary of my often coming to Him and He keeps on leading and guiding me through every aspect of grief.

Maybe your cup isn’t grief. Maybe it is disappointment with your children’s life choices. Perhaps you or a family member have received unwanted health diagnosis as well. A child diagnosed with autism, a parent with Alzheimer’s, or maybe the realization that you can’t buy that home you were dreaming of. When we accept the cup of difficulty, we must do it in faith. It is a time to trust His character, wisdom, and grace. Satan is a thief. He does come to kill, steal and destroy because that is his job. I admit, I don’t always understand how that works, but I do know that what we must not let him steal is our trust and hope in who our God is. Surrendering to the Lord and His will gives Him the opportunity to give back what the enemy has stolen. I found myself praying that God would get every good thing He could out of my widowhood. When I surrendered and accepted my own cup of difficulty, my eyes began to turn outward. I realized God had brought many others through this same cup, and He knew how to lead me. Faith arose. Trust arose. Hope arose.

Father, no matter what cup of difficulty we face today, we declare “not our will, but Your will be done”. We choose to trust You, no matter what it looks like. We ask that Romans 8:28 come into play in a very evident way. And we know that God causes everything to work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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