When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
The longer I go in life, the more I want to think, and actually probably do think in these terms: “May the Lord’s will be done.”
Such a thought and consideration doesn’t mean that no one is active, and that we’re all sitting by just waiting for God’s will to be revealed or come about. In the case of the scripture quoted above, some believers, with good reason, we’re trying to persuade Paul not to go to Jerusalem. One had even prophesied that he would have certain trouble there. Paul replied that he was ready for such, even for death itself for the sake of the Lord Jesus. So he was evidently moved and certainly moving so that something of God’s will would take place.
It’s a mistake to think that God’s will is achieved in a vaccum. It is rather in relationship to and interactivity with people. It is part of how God makes himself known in Jesus. God’s will in Jesus isn’t confined to this, but in significant measure is made known to us as we seek to live out what we understand of it. We have God’s promise in Jesus that God will help us to know his will as we endeavor to live in it, in and through Jesus.
But regardless of our experience, “May the Lord’s will be done.”
Work requires discipline. Discipline simply put is follow through by doing what needs to be done to fulfill one’s responsibilities or commitments.
We live in an age which is driven in large part by feelings. If we feel like doing something, we do it; if we don’t feel like it, we don’t. Of course that doesn’t work in the work a day world. You get up and go to work whether you feel like it, or want to, or not. Some of the most fulfilling things I do are in spite of how I feel at the time before, and sometimes even during doing it.
When we don’t have to do anything, we often gravitate to that which is okay and even good, up to a point. What entertains us, what we actually want to do. That’s not to say that we won’t want to do what is good for us to do, take for example in my case, Bible reading. I can thorougly enjoy reading the Bible, especially slowly and thoughtfully, and hopefully prayerfully. I find that things which are okay in themselves which I enjoy doing can actually crowd out the better things, such as Bible reading. Everything has its place, and we do well to enjoy everything we might say, in its place.
What is desired perhaps is to achieve some rhythm which somehow balances the need to enjoy with the work required to enjoy it. The very best things in life require commitment on our part along with effort to do well, and in a sense finish the work. There is so much left undone, so much potential for good not realized simply due to lack of discipline. Behind lack of discipline may be lack of vision. But one’s discipline can help them find vision. So lacking vision is not a reason to lack discipline. We desire that which is good, therefore we make every effort to achieve or gain it.
Above all practically speaking, we do well to learn to plod along and keep at it, as opposed to a brilliant dash of light in which we achieve or receive something great and good. No, we keep plugging away with discipline, asking for the Lord’s help that we might learn where true, lasting enjoyment lies.