Daily Devotion - March 10, 2021 - Choosing God's Will

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 10, 2021
Reading:
Hebrews 2:1-18
Weekly Theme: Crucial Choices
Today: Choosing God’s Will

Are you familiar with the “country” expression, “Lord willing and the creek (pronounced ‘crick’) don’t rise”? I certainly have been exposed to it throughout my life and as I read this morning’s scripture reading it popped into my head. The expression is used when we have plans for the day or week or month and we hope to be able to carry those plans out but recognize that the God Lord may have other plans for us. For example, I may be planning to take a vacation in three weeks and spend some time fishing but the Lord’s will for me may decide I need to be doing something else, and lo and behold, it rains the whole week. How often do we truly seek and recognize the will of God? More importantly, how often do we pray for God’s will to be revealed to us? The bottom line is that God’s will is to love us and be in relationship with us.

Today’s passage challenges us by reminding us of how Jesus yielded completely to the Father’s will so that we might be redeemed. Jesus was made to be a little lower than the angels and suffered death so that by God’s grace tasted death for everyone. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, brought and continues to bring many people to experience God’s glory. Jesus prayed for God’s will to be different so that he might be delivered from suffering, but concluded his prayer saying, “not my will, but thine”. Because of his choice to seek and be obedient to God’s will, we can be justified and being moved on to perfection (completion) through his suffering. Because of the Jesus’ mighty acts, we can be made holy and freed from enslavement and fear. Jesus chose to heed the Father’s will and was merciful and now is our high priest so that we might be at one with God. Because of what Jesus did by yielding to God’s will, we can be redeemed. God desires and chooses to be in relationship with us; the choice we make is whether we receive and accept this gift of grace made possible for us through Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews challenges us to ask ourselves “how can we ignore so great a salvation” as that made available to us through God Almighty--Lord Jesus--Holy Spirit?

Receiving the gift God offers us is God’s will. When we choose to receive this gift, we are agreeing to accept the lordship of Jesus in our lives to help us as we renounce, reject and resist sin that interferes in our growth as disciples. We are choosing the gift of deliverance and redemption and thus closing the gap between us and God, created by sin. Today, I ask you… have you chosen to receive and accept the gift of God’s grace that has been made available to each one of us? Are we paying attention to God’s will for our life as Jesus did? Or are we ignoring so great a salvation as that offered by God through his Son, Jesus Christ? Let us pray.

Dear God, thank you for your gift of salvation made available to us through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to choose to receive this gift and always seek your will as Jesus did and then to share this good news with others so that they too may experience freedom and true joy in this life and eternally. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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