—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.
—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.†††