“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
We exist for one reason: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Do you enjoy God or fear Him? It’s not about you at all. It’s all about Him. It’s not about success or failure, good days or bad days, wealth or poverty, health or sickness. It’s not even about life or death. It’s about glorifying God in whatever circumstance you find yourself in. Whenever, wherever, whatever.
“Whatever”…the word parents dislike the most. It is often used in a dismissive way that has disrespectful undertones. But it is a good biblical word. It’s a statement of absolute surrender.
Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, wrestling with the call of God to go to the cross, initially asking, “God, take this cup from Me”…the cup of wrath, God’s punishment for all of humanity’s sins. But He finished the prayer, “Not my will, but Thy will.” This was His “whatever” prayer.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…it is the Lord you serve” (Colossians 3:23). Never underestimate the effect of one act of obedience. We give thanks to a God who takes our failures and painful moments and turns them into eternal gems. We give thanks to a God who gives us power to overcome any obstacle and gives our lives eternal significance.
Adapted from “Soli Deo Gloria” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis