He has done it! …(Psalm 22:39)
What do you need God to do in your life? Heal you of cancer? Restore a relationship? Help you break the power of addiction?
There are many, many big prayers that get sent up to God every single day. I wonder how many of them accompany humility with them. How many actually are filled with an attitude of not entitlement, anger or expectations, but simply of humility and obedience to the Father’s will.
We see that Jesus teaches us how to pray like this in the Garden of Gethsaname as He was on His way to face death. He prayed, “Father, let this cup pass from me, but not my will, but your will be done.”
Would we too be willing to drink the cup the Father gives us if it means we must walk through job loss, cancer, watching our child suffer, or some other type of stressor in life. Go ahead, think about what you fear the most. Would you be willing, as Abraham did, to lay your Isaac down and trust God with the finished result.
I don’t know about you, but there are some cards I don’t want the Lord to deal me. I’d rather play Yahtzee and have some fun, but He may hand me a card I’d rather not play.
If I may, I think humility comes from brokenness. Once our pride breaks under the weight of suffering, we can now see the true condition of who we were before our pride broke. In the midst of it, it’s hard to see how gross our sin was and how deeply it was hurting people.
So if suffering has entered into your life do not run from it; embrace it. I get that, easier said than done. Just understand that the Lord is working something out in our life. It’s His aim to make you more like His Son, Jesus. Don’t fight the process, instead, embrace the journey.
Lord, I submit myself. That’s so hard to do. I certainly come to you expecting you to do the things I ask, but even if you don’t, you are still so very good. Thank you for loving me. I surrender to you, with joy, today, in Jesus name, Amen.