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John 19:28-30 • When You’re Absolutely Sure of God’s Will

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, 'It is finished!' And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit."
       —John 19:28-30 (NASB)

Why is it that I tend to pray for and seek only good, personally beneficial things to be revealed to me as the will of God for my life? Why is it I don't simply pray and seek God's will regardless? After all, if God is in control, His will overcomes the temporal pains to provide multiplied, eternal blessings. Look what He did through Christ on the cross. If God worked through the worst of circumstances in His Son's life, why should I not believe the same will happen to me?

In the midst of the most difficult ordeal of His life, Jesus knew "that all things had already been accomplished". He did not see the circumstances from the temporal, but the eternal. He had confidence and patience in God's working even during the worst time of His life. When it was fully accomplished, He testified "It is finished" in a conscience acknowledgment that everything was still firmly planted in the will of the Father. He saw past the "defeat" of current circumstances by earthly measure, invoking faith in the surety of the Father's future victory stemming from these circumstances.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him."
       —John 12:24-26 (NASB)

Lord, provide me the faith to embrace your will and bear through all things, knowing that You have a greater victory to work in my life than the mere circumstances of the moment would normally convey.