Thy Will Be Done

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Job 1:1-22

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. (v. 21)

As every parent soon learns, children develop a will of their own. It happens early,
often during a time we sometimes call “the terrible twos.”

An essential part of our surrender to God is the surrender of our will. The best
example of this is Jesus. He came not to seek or do his own will but the will of his
father. This is precisely what our attitude must be: to do not our will but God’s.

We cannot be God’s children if we don’t submit to his will. Only when we submit to his
will can we gladly and fully accomplish it.

The Lord’s Prayer includes the petition “Your will be done” (Matt. 6:10). This is a
statement of surrender: to do his will even if it “interferes” with our own will (and to
do so without stubbornly dragging our feet).

But in order to say “Yes” to God’s will, we must know what his will for our lives is.
We do this by studying his Word and listening to his voice. Romans 12:2 encourages us to
be transformed by the renewing of our minds, “that by testing [we] may discern what is the
will of God.”

As we surrender our will to him, we can grow in understanding his will. Then we may
obediently follow and fulfill it.


Father, may your will be done in our lives.