LUKE 22:42 “FATHER ,IF IT IS YOUR WILL,TAKE THIS CUP AWAY FROM ME; NEVERTHERLESS NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS, BE DONE.”
Who isn’t dealt with things they have no control of, who isn’t dealt with things they wish they could change! ,which church going believer hasn’t heard gazillion sermons on this very verse, with all of them saying no matter what we face, our conditioned response to the situation should be “THY WILL BE DONE”! …and the cross seems a little heavier and tougher to bear , all because we skip pausing on this word:NEVERTHERLESS…
.so why nevertherless.
….its simply because Jesus Christ acknowledges that His own will is contrary to that of GOD…and this is not a sin…our nature doesnt agree with the plans of God, and confessing that does not make us evil..
There is a thin line though, When Israel was brought out of Egypt , they did not agree with what the Lord was trying to do in their lives, they wanted to go back at the slightest discomfort and they too expressed it,so what is the difference?
…it is this word NEVERTHERLESS that seperates the grumbling from prayer, it is ok to disagree with the path your being led in ,it is ok to not have enough faith to utter the words :”NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS BE DONE”…all you need to have is the attitude to say the word :nevertherless,
What it really means is that you are WILLING to look beyond your plans,what you think is good for you even when you can’t agree or fully understand.
this is when our stubborn hearts of stone begin to turn to flesh….and there is cascade of events set into motion ,till His strength is made perfect in our weakness and we submit to the purpose of our creation…