First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
– Hebrews 10:8-10
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
– Psalms 40:6-10
“Put God’s Will First. …
A person’s obedience is to what he sees to be a need— our Lord’s obedience was to the will of His Father. The rallying cry today is, “We must get to work! The heathen are dying without God. We must go and tell them about Him.” But we must first make sure that God’s “needs” and His will in us personally are being met. Jesus said, “…tarry…until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). The purpose of our Christian training is to get us into the right relationship to the “needs” of God and His will. Once God’s “needs” in us have been met, He will open the way for us to accomplish His will, meeting His “needs” elsewhere.”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
I remember my senior year in high school, when the rallying cry was that somewhere in the darkest regions of Borneo was that last of the elect. We had to go there and bring that last one to Jesus. Then, Jesus could return. It was simple in the mind of a 17 or 18-year-old. I doubt that it was divine revelation that the last of the elect lived in Borneo. I doubt if any of our class ever went there. I changed airplanes in Singapore once. Otherwise, I got no closer. Now, that graduating class produced missionaries, but none to Borneo.
But are we willing to choose God’s will in our lives regardless of the cost?
You accept Jesus as your Savior, but then the path starts to get a little rough. You are asked to take steps that look shaky. No, they are shaky, but we trust that God is there to steady the path beneath us. At some point, we might take a step to the side. We think, “God, I am tired. I have no idea where I am going. Just let me rest for a little while.”
That’s when that little while turns into a long time. We didn’t reject Jesus or our heavenly Father. But God’s power lessened when we stepped away from His perfect will. Our plans may have to take a back seat if we choose God’s path. The road may be bumpy, shaky, and a bit unstable, but God will be our foundation to steady the shakiness. God can also make the rough road smooth. And when we are tired, He can give us strength. I know that even with illness and pain, God can give you strength.
With a little more faith, all is possible. To get more faith, we must take that one more step along the path that God has chosen for us.
How do we know that we are on that particular path? We must pray and listen for God’s answer. We must spend more time studying God’s word. And each time the Holy Spirit points, we must step out in faith, whether that step be turning from sin and / or moving toward the Light.
Soli Deo Gloria. Glory to God Alone.