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Not My Will But Thine Be Done

Updated on October 29, 2013
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Lori Colbo is an online media writer who's passion is writing on her Christian faith. Her other passion is being Nana to 12 grandchildren.

The Struggle of Will and Trust

As many believers in our fair world, I struggle with surrendering my will to God sometimes. A lot actually. In a lifetime of trying to run my own show, and failing miserably at every turn, it's a hard habit to break. The great, but humble Apostle Paul shares his struggle with sin, and surrender in Romans 7:

"We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! " Romans 7:14-25

This is how it is for me when struggling with surrendering to God's will. I forget sometimes to look back on my life, and in the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Bible, and see that His will is always best, even when it is hard. Why do we not trust Him more? Why do we have those times of forgetting His faithfulness to us? I know that some day I will stand before the Lord and realize the blessings I missed by not yielding to His will.

A look at Christ in the garden, agonizing His fate on the cross, He sweat drops of blood as His soul cried out to God, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42.

Think about it: Christ knew He would suffer untold humiliation, physical suffering, and would be taking upon Himself the sins of the whole world, and He would have to endure for a brief time, the absence of His Father's presence. "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Mark 15:34. Yet, He willingly went to the cross, submitting to God's will. Hear what Paul says in Hebrews 12:2:

"...who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Notice He "endured" the cross, "despising" the shame. Considering the tremendous suffering He went through on the cross, this suffering was no joy ride. So what did the Hebrew writer mean when he said "who for the joy that was set before Him?" The joy that was set before him was that He would be resurrected, conquering sin and death once and for all, and would ascend to the right hand of the Father.

So there we have it, God's will for Jesus was very hard, nothing like we will ever experience. And yet, He surrendered to God's will because He knew in the end, God would be glorified in the salvation of those who will choose Him as Savior and Lord. And He did it because He loves us.

Christ in the Garden

Not my will, but thine.
Not my will, but thine. | Source

My Will or Thine?

I recently wrote a poem about my struggle of doing God's will:

My Will or Thine?

My lips say Thine, my heart says mine.

What most resides in me?

Self will runs riot.

How miserable am I.

I know You are the One

Who alone Is worthy.

Possessor and Provider

Of hope and peace.

Yet mine usurps Thine.

Wretched, my will.

It lies & betrays me.

It is my enemy.

My King stands calling,

At the ready, with holy love,

And peace without end.

Thy will is glorious though difficult

And sometimes painful to bear.

Be gone self, welcome my King.

Possess me, I am yours.

Charlotte Church - The Lord's Prayer

I call for a rope leaving my ego behind.
I call for a rope leaving my ego behind. | Source

Humility, Trust & Obedience

Really what is boils down to it trust and faith and obedience. Thus my poem on Humility, Trust, and Obedience:

Humility, Trust & Obedience

I’m running in circles

Getting nowhere fast.

I know what He wills,

But “let me just try this,

And I’ll be right back.”

Alas, is it any wonder,

I am face down in the mud?

Stuck in the mire of my pride,

And self will?

Back where I began?

To obey is better than to sacrifice.

Obedience is hard sometimes.

I’ve made such a mess of things,

Dishonest, and willful.

“I’ll go clean up my mess,

Then I’ll be right back.”

I’ve perfected good intentions,

But remain in my will.

Is it any wonder,

There is so much wreckage

Left in my wake?

Is it any wonder,

That God is not impressed?

“How long?” He asks.

“Oh Lord, I am right on the brink?”

“Just another minute and I’ll be there,

Humble, and ready to obey.”

And then I hear him laugh.

Or is that weeping I hear?

My well of pride has run dry.

I am drowning in a pool

Of my sin.

I have intended my way

Right into humiliation and shame.

I look once again for footholds

To climb out of my mess.

But I have a new problem...

It’s called “Me fatigue.”

It’s time to try something new!

Instead of a foothold,

I call for a rope

leaving my ego behind,

And my heart is on its knees.

The rope is his will.

Grabbing on, would be trust.

Shall I risk a little rope burn and blisters?

Or insist one more time

on the insanity of “my way?”

The rope descends,

With forgiveness and hope entwined.

Suddenly, I know.

His way is right.

His way is joy.

His way is freedom.

Lord, Humbly I trust.

Humbly I obey.

You know, Lord,

I feel lighter.

I see clearer.

I can walk in your way.

Imagine that!

Can you say today in your circumstances "Not my will but thine?"

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In the Lord's Prayer it says, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matt. 6:10. This also means "Thy kingdom come" in my life, "Thy will be done" in my life. We need to trust Him, and indeed can trust Him, to do His will in our lives without harm to us. He is trustworthy like no other.

Do you struggle sometimes as I do, surrendering to God's will? Are you afraid of what He might ask you to go through? I am sure you do. Let us in these times, reflect on what He has done for us in the past, what He did for Christ by obeying God's will, going to the cross, of which all mankind benefited from. Were it not for Christ surrendering to God's will, we would be a world without hope. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prov. 3:5-6

The Lord's Prayer


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    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      thanks for stopping by Shofarcall. I was looking on Youtube for someone singing the Lord's prayer and came across this one. she is a doll isn't she.

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Thank you - the poetry is meaningful and pertinent I am sure to all of us who are walking with our Lord Jesus. I had a huge smile and a heart of flesh watching the little girl singing The Lord's Prayer. Who is she? Bless her and you.

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      Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Oh, how beautiful a hub this is! Oh, how I can relate! I thank God that He has taught me through living in that mud of self to trust Him so much I now don't know how to live without relying completely on Him. He truly does direct our path and once we're on it, having suffered greatly from being off of it, we treasure His Shepherding more than anything. He will lead us through all kinds of valleys, mountains, deserts, green pastures, still's an adventure! The greatest thing is, He is leading us!! He is with us!! We are NEVER alone!! We will come safely through all things because we follow Him wherever He leads!! He knows the end from the beginning ~ He planned out our steps from before we were born. Following Christ leads to eternal life!! Hallelujah! I just love your writing. Your poetry is immaculate and Spirit-inspired. God bless you always!!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      As we travel the path set for us by God, satan throws up road-blocks anywhere he can. Hardship awaits thos who try tackling these obstacles without God, but with God, the path becomes cleared. Every safari needs a guide and if God is our guide, the path to the end of the road becomes effortless, no matter how frought with detours and obstacles it appears.