When Doing God’s Will Is Hard


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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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.