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Thy Will be Done

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10
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No one wants to deal with pain—broken relationships, death, illness, abuse. If we could live in a world where these things did not exist, we would have far less to fear and far less to grieve over. While a life with Jesus is not a life absent of suffering it is a life that offers an answer to what to do with the suffering. We’re not left alone to deal with it. Because of the gospel we have a place to go with our suffering.

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Jesus knew his suffering was coming. He knew the purpose. He knew how the story was going to end. When we’re in the middle of grieving the unexpected death of a best friend or dealing with the diagnosis we never saw coming, we often feel like we don’t know what the next day will look like. Will we hurt this much forever? Will every day feel like a fight against our grief and fear?

Step back and look at it against the bigger, eternal, Jesus-minded picture. Do you know how your current circumstances turn out? You may not. But do you know how your story ends? You do. No matter your circumstances you will spend eternity with God. A life with Jesus doesn’t always mean cancer disappears, but you have a God who sees your pain, sees your anger, sees your fear and isn’t afraid of your feelings about it. And death? It has no sting. Scripture shows example after example of the way God meets his people in their lowest, ugliest, darkest moments. He moves in ways that are bigger than we can imagine and teaches us things we never thought possible.

Looking for the kingdom purpose in our trials seems like a backwards way to live, but it’s all for his glory.

“Being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8–11).

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The freedom we have in Jesus means we can let go of controlling every little detail of our lives and live with open hands. We can seek what he wants first. To some of us, letting go of control may not feel like a gift, but what if we realize that the story we are trying to write was never ours to write in the first place? Every part of our lives is working to reflect God’s image and glory, even the suffering. What if we actually prayed what Jesus taught us to in Matthew?

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Christian author and speaker Elisabeth Elliot’s first husband, Jim, was murdered while they were missionaries in Ecuador. She later remarried and lost her second husband, Addison, to cancer. She knew suffering but still she said, “If your prayers don’t get answered the way you thought they were supposed to be, what happens to your faith? The world says God doesn’t love you. The Scriptures tell me something very different.

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In the pit of low and ugly I found He was right there with me. He allowed me to understand that in that pit I was stripped down to my core and free of the layers of pride and resistance I was chained to. It feels kinda ironic to say it was one of the sweetest and most beautiful times of my life but it was! It was the first time I truly surrendered. I like to revisit that season from time to time to be reminded of what it feels like to truly let go of my personal allusion of control and be anchored steady in Him.

That all my efforts at control are feeble because I am frail, weak, and at the mercy of circumstances. To rise above all this, I needed to realize that God is in control and all I could control is how I feel and react. When I realized that God wants only good for His daughter, I could relax and change my attitudes. With a change of attitude, I learned that my journey is firmly routed in the path that He has set for me. And since God is love, my path is one of love.

One thing I’ve learned is that God and His people love me and want to support me. I try to share my concerns with others so God’s people can pray for me when I need it.

God never leaves me alone – but is always there in the midst of whatever circumstances come along. I know God hears my every prayer.

As I look back on some moments that have been so hard, it is easy to see how God was in and over those moments. He was in control; He had a plan. God has taught me that no matter how much I try to control everything, I really am not in control. He has also taught me that He’s there. Always. Even when it’s hard and when it seems impossible. God provides ways out; He puts people in our lives at just the right time or gives us provisions just when we need them. It’s easy to look back and see all this – the real test is to be in the midst of a hard situation and to see His glory through it all.

I’m going through one of the hardest times in my life right now. My husbands suddenly death 2 months ago was never anything I thought I would ever be faced with. He was seemly healthy and we had so many plans for the future. But our plans are not always Gods plans. God has taught me that he went before to prepare this path I would be on from friends to small group family, from legal aid to financial advisors. God put people in my life years ahead that would be there for me in the days, weeks and years to come. He was so real to me and to my non believing family. It was supernatural the way God provided for me and my son. God has been teaching me to trust him even when I don’t know what the future holds. He will provide for me.

God has taught me that He is always there. He can and will use my experiences to fulfill his purpose.

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