Yet not My will, but Yours be done.
Luke 22:42 (NAS)
'Carey, you are a willful child.' I heard these words more than once growing up, and they were true enough. I usually got my way.
'She has a mind of her own.' Also true. I did not have the Mind of Christ. As an adult, when I lost the weight that chained me down for 37 years, people would say, 'I wish I had your will power.' All in all, being strong-willed seemed a very good thing. But in hindsight, I see that my iron will brought nothing but extra strength to a life already in chains.
To be fair to 'old Carey,' my will was seldom selfish. I sought the good of my family, of AMTC, and all within it. I resisted many temptations of the world. But I also resisted Christ. When I finally hit the end of my will power, when I could no longer control the ever-increasing details and challenges of my world, God broke my iron-willed grip on life in order to set me free.
Praise God for His tough-love mercy. Praise God for His patience.
Others try to use their will for good. Even Pontius Pilate wanted to free Jesus and said so repeatedly. 'Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again' (Luke 23:20), 'But he delivered Jesus to their will' (v.25). In spite of our best intentions, our will power is no match for Satan. Even Jesus knew His Father's will must supersede His Own.
God desires no less from us, but He still gives each of us a choice regarding whose will to follow. 'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life' (Deuteronomy 30:19).
We must seek God's will in every decision--by asking. We must embrace the profoundly simple Lord's Prayer, including 'Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven' (Matthew 6:10).
And if we don't? 'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven will enter' (Matthew 7:21).