Are you prepared to let God do as He likes with you?
I am prepared for God to:
Give me wisdom, and
Use me in His miracles.
However, I am not prepared to let God do as He likes with me.
Jesus was, I’m not!
“Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (1)
Jesus may not have wanted to drink the cup God had prepared for Him, but He was willing to drink it. His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was the final piece of His preparation. It was His final prayer before His arrest and trial.
Death by crucifixion is one of the worst forms of dying. It is a most dreadful instrument of torture and suffering. It was such a terrible form of dying that no Roman citizen was ever crucified; this horrible death was reserved only for Rome’s enemies. (2)
I have endured suffering as a servant of God. I have been persecuted for righteousness sake. But I have never said to God, “Bring it on!”
This is what humbles me when I remember Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus was willing to die for my sins.
Dying for my sins is an act of love which I can barely fathom. Being willing to die for my sins remains unfathomable to me.
In response to such love I sing and pray the words of this American spiritual:
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!
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Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 107.