Accepting God’s Will… Even When It Hurts…

ByEmily

Accepting God’s Will… Even When It Hurts…

For the past few months, I’ve decided that in accepting the will of God, I need for my will to be HIS will, not for His will to be MY will. Make sense? I have desires deep in the depths of my heart and soul, and I know that God knows all about my innermost being. In fact, I believe that most of those desires He placed there Himself. But I’ve come to realize that no matter how bad I want something, everything has to fall in place with what He wants. If it’s not His will, it is in vain.

God's timing & God's rhythm. Not our own.

I believe that along with the will of God comes a time, a season, a purpose. God’s will comes with God’s terms and too many times I find myself trying to work according to my own terms and conditions, attempting to rush God. And too many times I also find that this doesn’t work. Finally I came to a place of realization…a place I believe God brought me to in order for me to understand His will and way. I’m allowed to go anywhere and everywhere He wants to take me, however, there are things/people/thoughts/mindsets from this life and level that I am not allowed to take with me. For a long time, I’ve tried to go from one level to the next, dragging junk along, only to be stuck somewhere God hasn’t intended for me to stay. There’s no way I’ll be allowed to go through the door of a new level carrying something that is unacceptable to the will He has for me. If I would just be willing to let it go and leave it behind, He’ll call me in and continue to take me even higher.

One Sunday morning during worship service, I said to the Lord, “Okay God, take me higher with You. I know there are things I can’t take with me. Please give me the wisdom to know what I cannot take and the strength to leave it behind.”

That was hard enough on it’s own, but then a few weeks later, I had to deal with the issue of pain. Another realization that I had to receive, whether I wanted to or not…when it comes to God’s will, I still have to accept it, even when it hurts. And boy, does it hurt sometimes. Seeing others allowed to do what MY heart desires to do, but I’m not allowed because it’s not my time yet; and not just that, but also with things that occur in my daily life. For the past month or so, I keep having to remind myself, “I must accept God’s will, even when it hurts.”

Today as I was in prayer, God Himself reminded me of this, yet again. “Child, I know it hurts, but even my own son had to accept my will, knowing it would hurt.” Ouch. Jesus prayed twice within the few scriptures of Matthew 26:36-46 that if it would be possible, let the cup pass from Him, but nevertheless, “not as I will, but as YOU will.”

God’s will will not always hurt, and He doesn’t want us to always feel hurt; but we do have to sacrifice and surrender our own timing, terms and conditions to completely walk in all that He has called us to. And let me be the first to say, these words are hard to swallow! Yet in the end, the reward is more than worth it.

About the author

Emily editor

Emily is a wonderful mother of two beautiful girls. She is teaching them to serve God with all their hearts. Emily is also a wonderful wife to an anointed pastor in western Kentucky. She is a wonderful helpmate both spiritually and physically in her husband's ministry. She is dedicated to God and to spreading the gospel and Love of Jesus. (Written by her husband, Markus. ;) )

  • AW……….. EMILY, HOW I CAN RELATE TO THE PAIN… BUT AS U STATED, IT’S ALL IN OUR FATHER’S TIME. EVERYTHING.. OUR VERY NEXT BREATH… LORD, WHEN CAN I BE USED AGAIN? SURELY I’M NOT A WASTE OF UR CREATIVITY.. LORD, U HAVE BLESSED ME WITH SONGS TO SING AND INSTRUMENTS TO PLAY AND YET MY BODY FAILS ME.
    THANK U DEAR DAUGHTER, FOR REMINDING ME THAT EVEN WHEN IT HURTS TO SIT BACK, IT DOESN’T MEAN OUR FATHER HAS PLACED US IN THIS HOLDING PATTERN FOREVER. A CROWN IS JUST A CROWN UNLESS IT FITS THE ONE THE FATHER GIVES IT TO. HEAVEN IS ENOUGH FOR ME. IT’S GONNA BE WORTH IT ALL!

  • Ann Cox Francies

    AW……….. EMILY, HOW I CAN RELATE TO THE PAIN… BUT AS U STATED, IT’S ALL IN OUR FATHER’S TIME. EVERYTHING.. OUR VERY NEXT BREATH… LORD, WHEN CAN I BE USED AGAIN? SURELY I’M NOT A WASTE OF UR CREATIVITY.. LORD, U HAVE BLESSED ME WITH SONGS TO SING AND INSTRUMENTS TO PLAY AND YET MY BODY FAILS ME.
    THANK U DEAR DAUGHTER, FOR REMINDING ME THAT EVEN WHEN IT HURTS TO SIT BACK, IT DOESN’T MEAN OUR FATHER HAS PLACED US IN THIS HOLDING PATTERN FOREVER. A CROWN IS JUST A CROWN UNLESS IT FITS THE ONE THE FATHER GIVES IT TO. HEAVEN IS ENOUGH FOR ME. IT’S GONNA BE WORTH IT ALL!

  • kim

    Emily, it is 5 in the morning here and my mind and heart was heavy. I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really grow up going to church, so my praying has been stunted, so to speak. Tonight however, I felt the pain my daughter is going through and realized I am just as troubled by her plight as she. Maybe even a contributor to her pain by pushing her to continue doing something that may just not be in the cards for her. So, being not so great with words of prayer, I googled accepting God’s will. This brought me to your site. Your word were as though God was talking to me. I know a lot of people get that feeling alot, but I have to say, this is my first. I don’t know what you were struggling with and I hope you have peace of mind, but I do want to say what I do know is that what you said touched me and helped this novice feel close to God. Thank you and God bless you.

    • Kim,
      Your comment is such a blessing to me! This is one of the first blogs (if not THE first blog) that I ever wrote for Sticky Hands. I am thrilled to know that God used me to speak to you. I love how He works. He is amazing and I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. And never give up, because God does not see you as a novice. There’s no wrong way to seek the Lord. 🙂 Blessings!
      ~Emily

  • J’Neen

    Hello Emily I’m new here and I had been searching for readings that will help me on my journey with God. My new start. I want to Thank you for the info on “God’s Will” I am in a place to get to know God better and to do it His way. For so long I’ve been in Christ but still doing thing on my own. And all failed. It took some things going bad for me to get here. But I’m glad in here. I have made a choice to not stay where I was but to get to where I was created to be. As I read my eyes were open to asking God for my will to become His will. I need to allow His will to be complete in me. I surrender totally to Him. So Thank you for sharing!

    • J’Neen,
      Thank you for your comment! It blesses me to know that God has used this blog, even all this time later. To this day, I can still remember the moment I wrote it and the feelings I felt. I’m glad I’m not the only one in need of divine guidance and Godly direction. Please know that I’m praying for you as you continue to seek out His will for your life. Again, I hope you know how much of a blessing you have been to me today! 🙂
      ~Emily