When Doing God’s Will Is Hard

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How can we come to delight to do God’s will when it’s contrary to our desires?

When we don’t feel like reading the Bible or praying or going to Care Group or asking forgiveness.  How do we rejoice when we feel like cursing or crying?  5 suggestions:

Confess. Tell Jesus you don’t feel like doing this.  Ask him to forgive you for your coldness heart and lack of desire to obey him. Confess your inability to do anything apart from him.

Pray. Ask Jesus to help you delight to do his will and to give you joy in obeying him.

Remind yourself of the truth of God’s word. His commands are not burdensome.  None of our work in the Lord is in vain.  His yoke is easy.  This is the reality of the situation.  The good fight of faith is to battle to believe God’s word and not our feelings.

Look ahead. Look to Christ’s reward.  For the joy set before him Jesus endured the cross.  He looked past the cross to the joy he would experience later.  Look past the immediate hardness of your situation to the joy afterward.

Obey until it becomes delightful. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words BECAME to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (JE 15.16).

“Not only did Jesus do the will of the Father, not only was that His whole goal in life, but Psalm 40:8 tells us that He delighted to do the will of the Father. To become like Jesus, then, is to come to the place where we delight to do the will of God, however sacrificial or unpleasant that will may seem to us at the time, simply because it is His will.” — Jerry Bridges

What would you add to these suggestions?

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Comments

  1. says

    After I read the first line of the post , I knew what was coming and I needed to hear it loud and clear. Today morning I had a wonderful time reading God's word and prayin and praising Him…And had prayed abt the same thing this mornin, to delight and be satisfied in His will. Something happened at work and was discouraged. And as you said instead of goin back to scripture I went with my feelings.

    Yes i need to constantly remind myself of the truth, and focus on the reward!!! Thank you for prayerfully putting the posts. I was very encouraged.

  2. says

    Was the Bridges' quote from Discipline of Grace?

    If so, it was a significant and helpful point of discussion for a recent small group study I recently served.

  3. says

    Get good counsel from people who will encourage you to rejoice in God. Sometimes sharing with (but not just dumping on) someone else is helpful.

    Also, It sounds weird, but don't just THINK about the truth of God – say it and write it down. Something about those changes the way we think about it.

  4. says

    Hey Ben,

    Good points! I need people to challenge and encourage me. And definitely saying and writing God's word are great ways to meditate on it and increase our faith.

  5. says

    Obey until it becomes delightful:

    I have found that this along with lots of prayer is so helpful.

    Also, I have found that being willing to do things that "look" and "feel" silly in an effort to obey: like not going into the video store to get a movie with everyone else in a fight for purity.

  6. Frank Martens says

    Thanks for this. Was a good reminder even for someone who's been a Christian for many years.

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