WOULD YOU ALSO REJECT HIS WILL?
"'This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are
going to die; you will not recover.' Hezekiah turned his face to the
wall and prayed to the LORD, 'Remember, O LORD, how I have walked
before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done
what is good in your eyes.' And Hezekiah wept bitterly" (2 Kings
King Hezekiah of Judah was unique out of the other kings of Judah.
While most of the other kings did not have good records in their
relationship with God, he did "what was good and right and faithful
before the LORD his God" (2 Chronicles 31:20, NIV). God in turn gave
him success over many powerful kings of his time. When it was an
appropriate time for him to leave the stage, he was terribly ill to
the point of death. At this God sent prophet Isaiah to him to announce
his impending death. That was the absolute will of God for him. God
wanted him to leave the stage when the ovation was loudest. However,
he rejected the absolute will of God. He prayed to God for His
permissive will, and God added another fifteen years to his life.
Unfortunately, the added years became his peril. The Bible says, "But
Hezekiah's heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness
shown him; therefore the LORD's wrath was on him and on Judah and
Jerusalem" (2 Chronicles 32:25, NIV). Part of his pride was the
demonstration of his strength to the visiting envoys of a Babylonian
king – an act that God intensely condemned (2 Kings 20:16-18; 2
Chronicles 32:31). Even the birth of his wicked son and successor,
Manasseh, took place during these added years. Hezekiah would have had
a clean record if he had accepted the absolute will of God for his
Jesus Christ also nearly fell into this trap of permissive will of God
when He faced His suffering and death. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He
prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my
will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42, NIV). He accepted the absolute
will of God. He even cried on the cross to demonstrate the agony of
that will of God (Mark 15: 34). However, the absolute will of God for
Jesus, and His (i.e. Jesus') acceptance of it gave Him a name above
every other name (Philippians 2: 10-11). This singular action of Jesus
Christ has also given every Christian the hope that is beyond any
other hope that if we die today, we are going to reign with Him.
What is your attitude when God reveals His absolute will for you and
that will is not "good"? Would you also reject the absolute will of
God and request for His permissive will? Are you ready to accept God's
"negative" response to your heart desire? Remember, "… God causes ALL
things [even death] to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28, NASB).
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will
have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST
AND TO DIE IS GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).