The Lord’s Will Be Done
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38)
Though Mary didn’t fully understand how she was to become the Mother of God she trusted that His will would be done. She knew the possible shame and rejection she may have to experience as a pregnant unmarried woman but trusted God to watch over her and the child she was to bear. She gave herself entirely to God’s will.
Noah followed the will of God when He asked him to build an ark even though the people probably thought Him insane. Abraham trusted when God told Him to sacrifice his only son and was blessed for his trust in God. John trusted His call to baptize and claimed Isaiah’s prophecy as “A voice of one crying out in the desert; ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (Luke 3: 4). They trusted and submitted to God’s holy will.
There are many things not worthy of our trust in this world. It’s comforting to know that above all else we can trust in God and His will for us. He loves us; He watches over us and calls us to Him. We may be called to missions uncomfortable to us. We may be asked to do things that are difficult and even dangerous. Still we can trust that God will be with us each step of the way, guiding us on the way of His will.
Jesus came to give us salvation. His entire life was devoted to the service of others and the will of God. He asked nothing for Himself and gave everything of Himself for us. He suffered rejection, hatred, betrayal and finally death on a cross. Though He was God He chose to become a man to serve us and give us the perfect example of service to God and His will.
We are called to serve God and others in our lives. We are to called trust in Him and to follow His will for us.
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt 26: 39)