Presence Over Provision
Hebrews 4:14-15 (NIV)
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.
There are many things that Jesus did during His time on earth, from turning water to wine to raising the dead, and as amazing as those miracles were, I think one of the most life defining moments of Jesus happened a few hours before He was arrested and sentenced to the crucifixion. It was the time where He went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, and why is that so? At least to me, that was one point in Jesus’ life that people could relate the most to, it was the time where I felt that Jesus was being brutally honest and coming before His Father as a Man who did not look forward to what lay ahead of Him, almost desperate to the point where the Bible even says that ‘His sweat was like drops of blood falling down.’
But in the midst of that encounter that seems so familiar to many of us at some point in our lives, Jesus said the most humbling of words that strengthened the fact that He was none other than the Son of God. More importantly however, He really meant what He said. ‘Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours, be done.’ are words that resound in the heart of every Christian, because this was the basis by which Jesus was set to take on the Cross and pay the price for all of us, but I feel that many of us fall into the trap of mistaking what this phrase means. I don’t know about all of you, but there have been a fair number of times I used this phrase in my prayers but it wasn’t up till recently that I truly understand what it means to say that ‘Not my will but Yours be done.’ Very frequently when we pray such a prayer, it is usually because we are unsure of what to do with regards to our situation, especially when it comes to situations that we, in our human strength and efforts, cannot solve.
The number one and most important thing I always check when I pray this prayer is the heart and attitude with which I do it. There have been times when I verbally say all these things but deep in my heart, what I’m really saying is, “God, please provide for me.” And that is really just trying to force God’s hand and ask Him to deviate from the perfect plan that He has for me. You see, God’s ways and timings we can never completely understand or grasp, but all we have to know is that it is good and perfect, that God never intends to harm us but to make sure we live a life victorious in Him and prosperous by His grace. Take for example, say a person is in a financial crisis right now, praying ‘Lord, not my will but Yours be done’ is not the same as praying ‘Lord, please provide the money for me to tide through this’. Praying like how Jesus did in Gethsemane means you’re saying ‘Lord, do Your will even if it means You not providing the money because I know that in everything, You will see me through and that’s all that matters’. Therefore, don’t let your human judgement limit God and His works because I am very sure that He has way bigger things mapped out for you for the rest of your life. In everything, pick His presence over an immediate provision, of course bearing in mind that both can also happen at the same time but of course knowing that the most important thing is that as long as God is with you, you really have nothing to fear.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for suffering on that Cross for me so that I may not only have life in abundance but an everlasting life as well. Lord, I pray that even as I commit myself to learn to act like how You did here on earth, You would be the One to guide me and strengthen my feeble knees for the days ahead. Thank You for Your Presence that never ceases to follow me wherever I go and it is my desire that through it all, my heart would truly be able to recognize Your sovereignty in my life and say with confidence that I want nothing but for Your will to be done in my life, no matter how I might perceive my situations and challenges. Thank You for being the permanent solution to all my temporary problems, Jesus, and in Your Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen