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Thy Will Be Done

Posted by admin in November 12th, 2009
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There is nothing more frustrating or discouraging when tragedy strikes than hearing folks say, “Well, it must have been God’s will. He allowed it to happen.”

What?!? Wait a minute! Put on the brakes! I’m a Calvinist and I don’t even believe that.

The truth of the matter is God’s will is not being done in most places in most lives in most of this world. Where is this coming from? Well one source is Louie Giglio founder of the Passion Movement. He believes the Lord’s Prayer isn’t for today’s Christians. He thinks it doesn’t need to be prayed today because of the New Covenant; it was just a sample prayer for the Disciples and once Christ rose from the dead, that prayer was insignificant and outdated. Giglio believes today the Father’s will is being done. Our sins are forgiven. And we need to just thank God for these truths. Really? Giglio obviously has never heard Brian Williams deliver the evening news. OMW. God’s will is not being done and never before in the history of Christianity have we needed the Lord’s Prayer more than today. We need to be shoutin’ “Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done!”

(Let me add here that Giglio also believes that we don’t need to ask for forgiveness of sins once we’ve accepted Jesus as our Savior. God has already forgiven us of our sins—past, present and future and now all we have to do is thank Him for forgiving us. Guess what? I disagree with that too, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog).

Sorry, I interrupted myself there. Okay, back on track…I really, really disagree with this whole concept. I think God’s will is NOT done most of the time: every time someone is murdered, God’s will is not done. Every time I hate someone, God’s will is not being done. Every time a drug addict pokes a needle in her arm, God’s will is not being done. God’s will is not being done on this earth and Christ has called us to pray that it would be done. He has told us, “When you pray…pray this way.”

Horrible things happen. Heartbreaking things happen to both the believer and nonbeliever. There are times in our lives when our faith is shaken to its very core and all hope seems lost. These crises of faith can be seen in the violent death of a loved one, the incurable disease of a young mother, a tragic car accident where a drunk driver stole the lives of innocent people. A pastor once told me of a young couple he had to counsel whose three-year-old daughter had been brutally raped and murdered. This couple had followed Christ all of their lives and had even prayed that day for their daughter’s protection. Who in the world would be so bold and heartless as to tell that young couple God’s will was done—that He had allowed their precious baby to be raped and killed? The very thought is appalling. The truth of the matter is that we still have an enemy out there and that God’s perfect will is not always done. Bad things, evil things happen to good people. Innocents suffer. And this is why our wrecked and broken lives are in such dire need of a Savior. We need a Comforter, Helper, Teacher to navigate these difficult, dangerous and stormy waters we call life. Our hope, even when tragedy strikes, is found in our Redeemer.

Here’s what we DO know about God: He is faithful and merciful and He has promised to redeem the whole world and all that is in it. This is why heaven is described as a place with no more suffering, no more tears, no more pain. Heaven, not earth, is described this way. We focus on heaven oftentimes to help us remember that the best is yet to come.

Here’s what we DO know about God: He is able to take the most heartbreaking, horrible circumstances and actually redeem them; actually turn them for good in our lives. Remember Joseph? His brothers beat him, threw him in a pit and then sold him off to slave traders. Joseph suffered horrible injustices, false accusations, broken promises, but when he finally hooked up with his brothers years later he said to them, “You meant it for evil, but God turned it for good.” Don’t tell me that it was God’s will for Joseph’s brothers to sin. No way. It is never God’s will for the human race to sin. God sent Joseph prophetic dreams about his future. God let Joseph in on the plan. Then Joseph’s brothers had a jealousy meltdown and sinned. God could have gotten old Joseph into Pharaoh’s courts and made him a leader in Egypt without Joseph’s brothers doing evil. We won’t know until heaven what had been God’s original plan for getting the boy in there, but I will guarantee you Joseph’s brothers sinning wasn’t in that plan.

So, God is able to turn things in our lives, the most horrific things, into good. That’s called redemption. He is able to take our circumstances and weave something productive and healing out of them, uh…that is if we surrender them to Him, of course. We take the broken pieces of our lives, those broken by others and those we break ourselves, and we lay them at the foot of the Cross and then a miracle happens. Redemption. Healing. Restoration. And our loving Father provides these things to us because He knows His will isn’t always done.

Never in the history of mankind has the world needed followers of Christ to pray the Lord’s Prayer more often and more earnestly than today. I keep thinking about the passage in Matthew 11:12, “and the violent take it by force.” Maybe the Lord’s Prayer is a weapon Jesus left with us to take back our world for Jesus Christ. Maybe the Lord’s Prayer is an action we participate in where we cry out to the Living God…THY WILL BE DONE! We declare to the heavens, “YOUR KINGDOM COME!” The Lord’s Prayer is for all believers everywhere and is to be prayed by followers of Christ until Jesus comes and makes all things new. Let’s pray it loudly, boldly, with heart, soul, mind and strength and let’s pray it often. It’s the perfect prayer given by our Perfect Savior and we have been told by Him to pray it until He comes…

Matthew 6:9-13 (Amplified Bible)
Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.
And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Peace.

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283. jalling1 said,
November 13th, 2009 at 8:18 am

I love thinking that in heaven God’s Will is done every minute, every second and we get to enjoy that. Meanwhile we live on this earth by faith.

Janis

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284. Brian said,
November 13th, 2009 at 11:56 am

You raise a critically important issue. The evangelical church’s understanding of God’s sovereignty needs to be re-examined. The reformed perspective of sovereignty often leads to the kind of error you describe, where whatever happens (or, at least, whatever happens to/through Christians) is presumed to be the will of God. We don’t understand sovereignty because we don’t really understand the teaching of the kingdom of God. In particular, we get confused with the difference between the present and future kindgoms.

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285. admin said,
November 14th, 2009 at 10:36 am

Brian you always have great insights and you always articulate them well. God’s will, God’s sovereignty, God’s interventions, God’s miracle working power, and God’s invitation for us to be a part of His work are all still very mysterious to me. I’m not in the Wesleyan camp, nor am I in the Openness Theology camp, but somewhere there’s a balance between the Reformed perspective and the fact that we live in a fallen world. Thanks for great input and for reading this blog. I appreciate your reflections so much. Thanks and blessings!

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