..Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven (Matt 6:10)~ We all know where the statement comes from. We pray it as part of one of the most common prayers known to any believer in Christ. But throughout the history of man, we have rebelled against God’s will over and over and over again, only to be left to our own destruction at our own hands. We want to say “Thy will be done” but we want it to be done ‘our way’. Our self-sufficiency and pride in our own ways only leads to the death of us. People get to a point of not wanting to acknowledge God’s will (until their own has failed) – And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Rom 1:28). As far back as the deception in the Garden, man has rebelled against the knowledge of God in favor of his own and even created his own laws and interpretations to serve his own purpose; looking up to those Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator (Rom 1:25). We sadly today have greater respect as a people FOR “the people” and the things OF “the people” – Christmas automatically makes one think of gifts and Santa while we have to fight for the right to remind people about the birth of Jesus. Easter we remember the death and burial and celebrate the resurrection of God’s greatest gift to us in His son Jesus, but the Easter bunny and a good dinner get more attention. We work extra long hours around the days that bring our attention to Christ for but a minute, but we will take a day off in remembrance of a president or to honor man’s independence! There is a reason that we are told to “lean not to our own understanding but trust in Him to direct our paths” (Prov 3:5-6): For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:8-9). As much as we THINK we know what’s better for us, we eventually find out that God only knows! Next time you get upset because things aren’t going YOUR way.. keep in mind that it could very well be going GOD’S way! When we follow HIS way, we expect that we will not come to a position of regretting our own will before we acknowledge His…saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but THINE be done (Luke 22:42).