Not My Will, But Your Will

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 14:36 (NIV)

Towards the end of Jesus’ time on earth, Jesus, knowing what was about to happen, takes His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane to pray.  Leaving His friends behind to keep watch, He wants to pray to the Father because, “his soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (v 34)

Mark 14:36 provides a glimpse of the Father/Son relationship and the love relationship that Jesus had with His Father.  In this verse, we see:

•    Jesus cry out to His Father, acknowledging that God is the head and Jesus in His son.

•    Jesus declaring the power of the Lord by proclaiming, “everything is possible for you.”

•    Jesus pour out His heart and show his sorrow and suffering—Jesus knows what is about to happen—He is going to be betrayed by a friend that He trusted, and handed over to be crucified and bear the sin of the world.  His cup represents the burden that he bears—separation from God while He takes on the sin of the world to save us.

 •   Despite His raw emotions and suffering, knowing that God is His Father, and everything is possible through him, Jesus surrenders to the Lord’s perfect plan and says, even though it’s hard, even though I’m overwhelmed, “Not what I will, but what you will.”

One of the true ways we demonstrate our love for the Lord is through obedience.  Trusting in God’s plan even when it’s hard, overwhelming, hurtful, or doesn’t make sense.  Jesus knew that He was sent to earth to carry out His Father’s will, but I imagine at some point He must have thought, “Are you really sure I have to die for this?  Can’t we find another way?”  Yet, He loved His Father and knew why He had come—His Father was counting on Him, and the world needed Him—even though it was hard, He had to surrender to the Lord’s will and trust that the best was yet to come.

No matter what God is calling us into or out of, rest assured that God is always our Father, all thing are always possible through Him, we are always free to pour out our hearts to Him, and even though it’s hard, choosing to submit to God’s will and obey His plan will always bring about true fulfillment in Him.

Lord, I love you!  As I move through life, I pray that my cry will always be, “Not my will, but your will be done!”  Just like You are perfect, Your ways are perfect, loving, and just—teach me how to walk in you ways.  Lord, I long to delight in you.  I long to shower You with an obedient heart.  May I always trust and know that You are God, all things are possible, and You have a perfect plan for me.  May I willingly and joyfully submit and obey to Your plans.