Wednesday, August 02, 2006

WordPoints - August 2, 2006

Surrendering to God's Intention
Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be
to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:38

True greatness of character is measured by the manner in which we deal with God's will for our lives. No greater human character is possible than that of the person who humbly puts "self" at the disposal of God's purposes, yielding to His will without reservation. Unfortunately, our frame of mind sometimes fails to show this kind of respect for God.

Conditions. Confronted with what we know to be God's will, it often happens that we try to bargain with Him on the terms. We are willing to do what is right . . . but only if God will guarantee an outcome that is acceptable to us. If obedience is going to require some significant sacrifice, for example, we may agree to obey as long as God makes it up to us in some other way.

Complaining spirit. Our obedience is sometimes characterized by resentment and grumbling. We may do what we have to do, but we'll also let it be known that we don't like doing it. To be honest, much of the talk that goes on inside our heads on an average day is a kind of "muttering under our breath" about the unpleasant aspects of following God. Mental complaining can become a habit.

Martyr spirit. It's an unfortunate fact that if the devil can't get us any other way, he can frequently get us through pride. In the act of obeying God -- perhaps doing something that goes beyond the ordinary call of duty -- we often give ourselves a secretly satisfying pat on the back. If others just knew how much we've sacrificed, they'd know how truly special we are!

What God desires, however, is the attitude of a Mary: "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." No conditions or bargaining with God. No murmuring or grumbling. No self-pitying martyrdom. Just a humble, and therefore noble, willingness to be used at God's discretion. Can we not see that this is the only path toward peace for our souls? We can't have peace without our God, and we can't have God without His will. "In his will is our peace" (Dante Alighieri).

Self-will should be so completely poured out of the vessel of the soul
into the ocean of the will of God, that whatever God may will, that at once
the soul should will; and that whatever God may allow, that the soul should
at once willingly embrace, whether it may be in itself sweet or bitter.
Louis de Blois
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5 comments:

Reverberate58 said...

I did a posting on Tuesday about this quote by C.S. Lweis -- "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done', and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'" -- Seems to follow very closely to this posting of yours. I sure do find so many God moments in my day! I lov e it!

Bar Bar A said...

This was really good. It goes right along with the theme of my life right now - less of ME more of HIM.

Alice said...

"No conditions or bargaining with God. No murmuring or grumbling. No self-pitying martyrdom. Just a humble, and therefore noble, willingness to be used at God's discretion."

I have to admit I have done this (as have many others, I imagine) in one way or another.

I do try, though, to do it correctly, or better put, how God would LIKE me to do it.

I think we have a pretty good relationship nowadays, Him & I. I do my best to do it right, and He knows that I do.

And really, that's all that matters.

Have a great weekend.

:-)

xxx

Badoozie said...

this is all fine and nice, if we happen to be a person who hears God LOUDLY. some of us, me for example, i don't and have never that I know of heard clear and concise instructions from God. I have stumbled and bumbled through life, making mistakes and learning from them.

while i realize i have landed where I am (career) due to God's direction, it's not like i heard him say, GO BE A SOCIAL WORKER. it just sort of happened.

i also believe that the greatness of our characters is measured equally as importantly in how we treat other people on this earth. what was the greatest commandment of all? it was not submit to god's will, it was LOVE.

Fred said...

Just dropping by to say hi, Anne. Hope you have a great weekend!