Luke 22:42 (NIV84)
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
There are situations in my life that are uncomfortable. Some of them are difficult, some awkward most of them inconvenient. Many times the situations in my life are a combination of all of these.
More importantly the situations in my life are enjoyable.
For instance, it’s uncomfortable to look at my family and ask them to come into the living room so we can have a family prayer time and devotion. They don’t resist it. It’s just uncomfortable. Having a family prayer time and devotional at the end of the day is not something we do everyday. Sometimes there are weeks (truthfully months) that go by without that time together.
When it’s all over, it is always time I enjoy
There are situations that are awkward. For instance, sometimes I over react, lose my temper or some other act that requires me to offer an apology and ask forgiveness. It’s awkward.
There are difficult situations that I should be prompted to speak up.
There are situations in my life that require my time and attention.
For instance, spending time with my son and “raising” my son. I enjoy time with my son but sometimes it’s inconvenient. Sometimes I have to use a teachable moment that doesn’t fit my schedule. Other times I have to take his contact solution to him at school because he didn’t keep any in his locker, like we told him to do. Inconvenient.
Nurturing my marriage and loving my wife. Washing dishes is one way to nurture my marriage and love my wife. Sometimes, I just don’t want to do this. It’s inconvenient, and I don’t enjoy it.
Reading my Bible. Preparing sermons. Some of these things are enjoyable but they aren’t always convenient. Very seldom is it awkward to prepare a sermon, delivering it can be a totally different thing!
The reality is that all things in my life require time and attention. The fact remains that there are things I enjoy in this life that are God’s will.
The problem is, there are also things in this life that are God’s will that are inconvenient and not particularly enjoyable.
My conclusion is this, it’s because I haven’t been able to get past my rebellion to do these things long enough to find delight and joy in them.
That doesn’t make them any more or less God’s will. It means that God is still working on changing me.
He WILL complete the work He began in me. (Philippians 1:6)
I WILL be blessed when I find that delight in God’s will. (Psalm 112:1)
I WILL find joy my joy awaits enduring the bearing my cross and scorning it’s shame. (Hebrews 12:2)