Embracing God’s Will

Years ago when I first heard of Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, I remember he spoke often of two kinds of children: the strong-willed child and the compliant child.

In looking up the word strong-willed recently, here is the definition I found: strong-minded, obstinate, stubborn, firm, independent, uncompromising, unbending, defiant.

Another definition said “determined to do something that you want to do, even if others do not want you to do it.”

For compliant I found: manageable, capable of being controlled, submissive, conformable, willing, obedient, nonresistant.

I confess that too often as a Christian child of God I have fallen under the strong-willed category.

The good news is that any of us can be transformed from being a strong-willed to a compliant child—from a child who resists the Lord to a child that submits.

Over the years, I can see God at work in me making me into a more compliant child.

Recently as I prayed about this battle of resisting vs embracing God’s will, this is what came to mind. “Surrender to My will. Keep in your mind: ‘not my will, but Yours be done.’ Stop resisting. Will to do My will. Ask what My will is.”

As I meditated on surrendering to God’s will vs insisting on my own way, I thought of John 5:30 in the Amplified Bible which presents what Jesus said on the subject:

…I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Every time I read that, I find it amazing to discover how compliant Jesus was. I know that my Savior said and lived these words from John 5:30 as an example and as a goal for me and for other Christians.

I’m relieved to discover I don’t have to learn compliance on my own. As I determine to submit to God and will to do His will, He helps brings me closer to being able to say of every issue in my life:

…not my will, but yours be done.”  Luke 22:42 NIV

My part is to be willing to continue on this sometimes difficult journey to the place where my only desire is to do His will.

That’s where I want to go.

Are you willing to join me on that journey?

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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2 Responses to Embracing God’s Will

  1. Jane Reece says:

    I am on for the journey. This blog gives another opportunity for sweet surrender. I know that comedy is not your goal, but I howl at how you always hit me where I need it. Write on, dear Elaine, you are a wonderful minister for the Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Clella says:

    Elaine, You have certainly been successful with your attempts to become a compliant child as I do not see your stubborn, self-willed defiance at all. Believe me when I tell you I would recognize it as I am still working with the Lord on my stubborness. thanks for this. Clella

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