Saturday, April 25, 2015
we've got the swords!
funny moment from today's reading... Jesus tells the disciples to get some swords. when they come to arrest him, the NLT records Peter as saying, "Should we fight, Lord? We brought the swords!" his eagerness was amusing.
but the moment that jumped out at me was when Jesus was praying for God's will to be done, not Jesus's. so much theology comes from this one prayer... and the salvation of the world arguably rests on its outcome.
so it's worth pondering... one thing i learned over the last year or so was that a very good prayer for us to pray is that God will help us WANT to do His will in our lives. in other words... i want to do what He wants me to do, so i pray that He will increase my desire to do the thing that He wants. it worked! after praying this for months, my desire to become a priest dwindled and my desire to get married grew very strong.
but, returning to Jesus's praying this... it does logically bring up the question: what if Jesus had done what He wanted instead of what God wanted for Him? He would have missed out on the greatest story in the history of the world. what Jesus wanted to do in that moment was NOT to die a horrible painful death. but if He hadn't, would He have experienced the glorious resurrection that followed?
when we face the will of God for our lives, it often looks scary and painful. and it often IS those things. but when we choose His will over our own, the results will always be an amazing thing that we never could have foreseen.
God, please help me continue to choose your will over my own.