May Your Will Rest in Peace
Have you ever overcommitted? Have you ever made a promise you couldn’t keep? Did Christ overcommit himself when he said, “Ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7)?
Over course we would not agree Jesus overcommitted himself, but it is a promise which seems like it would be a great gig. Ask what you will and God will do it for you, right?
One person said, “There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the will of God.” When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane He said, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). The act of burying one’s will in the will of God is a committal service resigning your earthly will to the Lord. The problem is we really like our will. We allow our will to limp and gasp through life. Almost like a couple decades old computer, our will is overtasked with the daily demands. We refuse to lay it to rest, though because it is too special. Our will has been our prize for so many years. It’s been a part of our life as our daily companion. We can’t bear to let it go.
God invites you to release your will and He promises to resurrect it into something glorious—His will. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Although this is a defensible truth about heaven, Paul quoted this in the middle of a passage about God wanting to reveal grand and glorious truths to us. This is not a promised delayed until heaven. This is a promise available now. To know the will of God, we must bury your will. As long as our inferior, self-imagined will survives, we can’t live his incredible will for us.
How do you bury your will? Psalms gives us the answer where we are told, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:3-4). It’s actually the same qualifiers Jesus gives to His disciples: “Keep my commandments” and “abide in me.” We must trust God knows best. The carte blanch promise is only available to those who delight in God’s will. Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
You have a choice: make it on your own with your finite wisdom, power, and vision; or, bury your will in God’s will, delight in His plan, and live with a limitless supply of wisdom, power, and purpose. The dirge is playing. May your will rest in peace in the perfect will of God.