Not My Will, For Real
You know, when I wrote "Love Is...Part 1" a couple of mornings ago I had every intention of there being a Part 2 at least. However, as I sit poised to pour out more "love", I realize that I am sitting poised to type a well-intentioned series sequel...rather than listen for what the Lord would have me write. (I am probably way too transparent on here.)
So, I choose to lay aside my plans and wait for His. How often does pride cause us to lay aside His plans until we complete ours? To put on the backburner what His Spirit is actually leading us to do while we finish what we already had going? Yuck! Lord, forgive me for ever choosing what is expected over what is anointed.
I was reading last night in a portion of David's story. He had just been anointed king by the people, and the Philistines found out about it. So they moved to attack. David inquired of the Lord about going against them, and the Lord permitted him with a word of victory. He defeated them. But what happened next is what gets me...
"Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. Therefore David inquired of the Lord, and He said, 'You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees..."
Not going into depth into what took place, but I just wanted to highlight the fact that David inquired of the Lord again. The same enemy deployed themselves in the same exact place a second time. However, David didn't depend on what the Lord had said the last time, nor did he depend on his anointing. He showed absolute humility in that he sought the Lord...again.
I never want to become pridefully stuck in my ways, assuming that the Lord will automatically fulfill what I want to do in a situation. I want to seek Him in EVERY instance. I want to find out what His will is, what pleases Him, in ALL decisions. I want to be able to truly and consistently live the statement that Jesus lived:
"Not My will, but Yours be done."
Father, I lay myself down at Your feet this morning, and I seek You. I seek Your face. I seek Your kingdom. I seek Your righteousness. I want Your will to be accomplished in my heart and my life today, and my will to be laid aside. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Samuel 5:17-25, Luke 22:42