Responding to the will of God

The Bible abounds in illustrations of the necessity and blessings of adhering to God's will. Moses, for example, learned of the inescapable requirements of obedience to God when he was sent to liberate the Israelites from their bondage under Egyptian rule. The challenge was great, but the reward was sure—freedom for the children of Israel, a land of promise, and the covenant of the Father's perpetual care.

In the life of Christ Jesus we can see the supreme example of what is involved in responding to the will of God. Each step of his holy ministry was taken in accordance with divine directives. He proved the perfect dominion that comes from abiding by God's law in thought, word, and action. Even at Gethsemane, knowing what lay ahead with the crucifixion and from the depths of his struggle, the Master had prayed to his heavenly Father, "Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42. Jesus' life and healing work had already provided convincing evidence that the divine will is always good. And Jesus must have seen beyond the cross to the glory of the resurrection that awaited his triumph over mortality.

A change of clothes
October 25, 1982

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