To Want What God Wants

So many conflicts and misunderstandings result from our hearts not getting what they want. How often we try the patience of God and of one another in pursuing our own desires at someone else's expense. To do what God wants is to turn from our old ways and to work with Him in doing His will in our day. To make this choice with a firm resolve is to embrace the cross.

"He said, 'Abba,Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.'" (Mark 14.36)

His Will

God is the author of all life;
His word is pregnant with His will.
Beneath the day's events and strife,
His hand is ever-present still.

One's free will is a sacred trust;
The Lord respects what we decide.
How often do our dreams go bust,
Our thoughts conflict, our ways collide!

The Lord's will is the surest way;
In Him, we confidently run.
To vow allegiance is to pray:
"Not my will but Your will be done."

To choose His will is a tough choice:
One's rights and freedoms face a loss;
The heart's desires lose their voice --
This choice is to embrace the cross.

With firm resolve, entrust each day.
Embrace the cross: God's will; God's way.

"...Live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God... let those suffering in accordance with God's will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good." (1 Peter 4.2b,19)

Lord, I entrust the needs of my heart to You, and I choose Your will, believing that You always know what is best and that You will always lead me on the way of truth and light. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2009