Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional is from my heart to you.
Thy Will, Not My Will
Psalm 143:10New International Version (NIV)
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
Matthew 6:10New International Version (NIV)
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
How do you get through a very difficult time in your life? You rely on your deep faith in God, you use the power of prayer in order to lift you up when you are down. It is very easy to say and project that you are a true Christian. It is another thing to really practice what you say you believe. We are all sinners and we are a willful people — meaning that we want our will (what we want) in our lives.
God teaches us that we are to subdue our will to His Will. That is very difficult to do. The good news is that it is possible if we really understand and believe that God is in charge of everything. If we can wrap our heads around that concept, it will do us well in many circumstances. Now this does not mean that we are robots. God has given us free will, because He wants us to choose Him. Choosing Him, loving Him, praising Him, worshiping Him brings God great joy.
That famous song says “trust and obey”. If I truly trust God to do what is really best for me, if I pray to Him and submit myself to Him (as His Son did), then not only is a burden lifted from my shoulders, but I allow Him to do great things in my life, according to His perfect Will. This does not mean that life here on earth will be perfect. It means that He will help us get through the tough times and we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
I can never praise and thank God enough for His love, His mercy and for providing me with eternal life.
Pray your way through each day and have a truly blessed day, beloved!