And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
In the Book of Genesis, we learn that God created man in His image; and granted man dominion over everything created on the earth.
We also know that God bestowed great wisdom to man, because the Word tells us that God brought the animals before Adam, and Adam named them all.
With all that God had bestowed to Adam, the Creator only asked one thing of man; that he not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God did this as a test of man’s obedience.
Now, we know that at some point after her creation, Eve must have been made aware of God’s instruction, because she did counter the serpent when questioned about eating from the tree. While, we can only speculate regarding where Adam was, while the serpent was speaking with Eve, and she decided to eat from the tree; we do know that nothing happened as a result of her initial actions.
Adam had an opportunity to put a stop to Satan’s scheme, had he only chosen to reject Eve’s offer of the fruit, however we know that he instead chose the road of disobedience, and to defy God’s will. By Adam’s disobedience sin entered into the world, and death was brought upon mankind.
Yet, God’s mercy and love was so great that He set in motion a way for mankind to be reconciled back to Him. This wasn’t just a way, but is the way, the truth, and the life…Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus came not only to die on the cross for our sins, and to rise from the grave so that we could have eternal life; but the Lord also came to live a perfect life, for we His followers, to pattern our life behind.
When tempted by Satan, in the wilderness, Jesus overcame the Evil One with the use of the Word of God. During His ministry, Jesus sought only to honor and bring glory to His Father. While praying in the garden, prior to His arrest, Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
As we go through life, there are so many things that can come along to draw us away from doing God’s will, and instead seek to go after our own desires. Like Adam and Eve, when we choose to do things our own way, sometimes the consequences are very detrimental to not only us, but to our loved ones.
As followers of Jesus Christ, it is very important that we; continue to study God’s Word and ask Him for revelation, maintain a strong prayer life, and examine our life daily to ensure that we are patterning ourselves behind the example set by Jesus.
May we purpose in our hearts not only just to say, “not my will, but thy will be done”, but also to demonstrate it by our actions in being obedient to God’s guidance.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.