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  • Writer's pictureKandi Swift

The GOOD, the Bad and the Ugly

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39, ESV

During Jesus’s years of ministry and His journey to the cross, He walked with the disciples, teaching, instructing and sharing wonderful moments with them. He knew the Father’s will was to redeem the people from their sin and up until this point, He hadn’t yet fulfilled His ultimate purpose on the earth. One final thing had to happen in order for the promise to be fulfilled. He had to walk the path that led to death. On this path, He was persecuted, ridiculed, mocked, cursed at, spat upon. Yet He continued, knowing that God’s perfect will was in progress. In progress, He experienced sorrow and distress. God’s will of resurrection and redemption could only be accomplished by Jesus taking the penalty our sin deserved and becoming the ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of man. Jesus knew that God was working all things together for good. He believed it. Even so, there came a moment in which He prayed to the Father that if it were possible, remove the suffering, but if it’s not possible, may Your will be done. He sacrificed preferences and comfort for the will of the Father because He trusted God fully.


There’s a certain situation I have been navigating for a while now and have spent much time in prayer over it. I have my preferences as to the outcome I would like to eventually see, but ultimately I want God’s will to be done, despite my preferences. This past week, some progress has been made in regards to this particular situation and as I was sharing it with a friend, they asked me if this would be a good outcome for me or not. I responded that if it went this direction it would be good, but that it would also come with the bad and the ugly. It would be a good end result, but in the process I would have to walk through some other things that might not be so pleasant to deal with.

Ever since I made that statement, I’ve thought about it a lot and had to laugh. The good, the bad and the ugly. We want God’s best for our lives, but in getting there, we sometimes have to navigate things that don’t feel so good, and might even be considered downright ugly. We know that God works all things together for good. Maybe I should rephrase that. We are aware that God tells us in His word that He works all things together for good. But do we really believe it? Sometimes, I think not. We pray for God’s will to be done. While praying and navigating the situation, things happen that we don’t necessarily like. On the way to our answer, we begin to feel uncomfortable at times. Maybe we’re challenged to look inward and make some changes to attitudes, or the way we react to or think about things. When this happens, our prayers sometimes change and we may even start trying to bargain with God. Instead of praying for His will, we begin to pray things like, “God, please take this away” or “Please make ‘such and such’ stop happening”. Our focus changes from His will to our comfort.


Aren’t you thankful that Christ not only trusted the Father’s will, but He trusted the process? The bad and the ugly brought Him to the all things work together for GOOD part. His ultimate sacrifice for the will of the Father gives us hope and allows us to understand that the journey may not always be for comfort, but it is always for good! Today, I encourage you to trust the process as He reveals His will in your life.


It is this week we remember Christ’s crucifixion and celebrate His resurrection. He laid down His life for us so that we could have new life in Him. If you have never accepted Christ before and would like more information, please click here.

 



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