I’m listening to a wonderful worship song by Hillsong called “Oceans Will Part.” “In my life, your will be done” is part of the refrain. We say that, we even sing it, but do we really mean it? Deep in our heart, in our barest of souls, is this our cry – “in my life, your will be done?” I venture to say for most of us, myself first and foremost, it’s not our cry.
On the surface, of course, we admit we want His will in our lives because that is the Christian thing to do but in our secret places, we are not so sure. Why? Maybe for some, we are afraid. We’ve been burned so many times that we are no longer willing to be vulnerable, even with God. We are no longer willing to step out and expose the real person behind the façade that looks so pretty on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
For others, maybe we believe we don’t need any help. We have made it so far on our own and we’ll be fine for the rest of the journey.
Some people want the fire insurance. You know, “I’m saved and going to heaven. That’s all I need.” They have no idea how much they are missing.
I’m not sure any of us really understand how much we are missing.
Think about it. God says “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) And in Isaiah 55:8-9:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
In other words, the God who knew you when you were still in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) will always have plans that are so much more wonderful than anything your heart can desire. Why would we want to go slogging from day to day in our own little world when instead we could walk victoriously with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords every minute of every day?
Why will we not open ourselves to Him? We can be vulnerable with God. He knows our weaknesses, He knows our hurts, He knows everything about us. As we open up to Him, He ministers His love to our hurts. He shows Himself strong on our behalf and in our weaknesses, His power is evident.
In desiring God’s will for our lives, the longing for a more intimate relationship with Him becomes stronger. The more intimate our relationship grows, the more we desire His will. The more we desire His will, the more intimate our relationship grows. It is a beautiful circle between our heart and His.
I don’t know about anyone else – maybe I’m the only one that feels this way – but I’m tired of slogging through life every day. I desperately want that intimate relationship. I desperately want to be in His will. With everything in me, I am running after Him.