Thy will be done

Happy New Year, fellow Christians. We are reminded that Easter is the first day of the church year, and, as the trite saying goes, the first day of the rest of our lives. More importantly, the first Easter was the start of the Messianic Era, the time we are in, waiting, waiting, for Christ to come again.

In the meantime, here’s the suggestion of our pastor for a New Year’s prayer. It’s quite simple, actually, and will always be true: Thy will be done. That’s God’s will. Not our own will.

This is the essence of how the Lord taught us to pray (Matthew 6:9-13): Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Now, for all of the special relationship that Jesus had with His Father, He still prayed this basic prayer: Thy will be done. Even when Jesus struggled, at Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-42), with the certain knowledge of His heinous death on the cross, He prayed that God’s will be done.

Jesus knew what the Father’s will was. We are only human, and quite less than perfect. “Thy will be done” is easy enough to say, and to pray. The problem is that it is sometimes far from clear what God’s will might be.

Scripture usually has an answer, and the Holy Spirit steps up (sometimes) and lets us know, in no uncertain terms, what God’s will might be in a particular situation. But, as we all know, there are times when, pray as we might to know what God expects of us, we just do not know.

My advice is to listen more, speak less — perhaps we’ll hear what God wants of us. And be very wary of thinking that we can know with any kind of certitude in every situation what God’s will might be.

Oh, and last point: don’t be surprised if we find out that God really doesn’t care if we get that promotion at work, or if we can’t afford to drive a Mercedes. Or if we are called to suffer as our savior suffered.

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  1. Milton Stanley · · Reply

    Fine sentiments–His will be done. And this may be a niggling point, but isn’t Advent the beginning of the church year?

  2. John Luke · · Reply

    Yes, technically, Advent is the beginning of the church year. But just as we are reborn in Jesus’ resurrection at Easter, so the church is, spiritually. It may be considered to be starting its journey through the current, Messianic, age.

    The reality is, I suspect, much larger than any of our artificial divisions of time into liturgical segments. I prefer to think that the church, and us, are part of God’s seamless garment of time. Or, in the words taken from Catholic liturgy, “as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be.”

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