GOD’S WILL AND OURS
”Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’” (Jn 6: 35-40)
Christ has “come” down from heaven, according to the will of the Father, that we in our turn may also “come” to Him, Christ, and “see” Him and “believe” Him and have true life, also according to the will of the Father. So all this beautiful movement, this “coming” together, of all of us with Christ, and this “raising up” of all of us with Christ, to true life, happens by the “will” of the Immovable Mover, our Father in heaven. We are thus gathered into God’s Oneness, and “saved” or made whole from our self-inflicted fragmentation, and from the “hunger” and “thirst” of lonely self-isolation, by this mysterious thing called God’s “will,” which is not inactive in this world.
Does God “move” us against our will, like a puppet-master? No, not our God. Even the God Man, the only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ voiced His human will to the Father, and also His voluntary decision, to accept the Father’s will, when He prayed in the garden, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Mt 26: 39). We can also make this decision, on a daily basis, to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God and His loving, creative “will,” that we not hunger and thirst aimlessly in the wilderness of merely-human self-will. Let me do this, once again today, by embracing “faith,” that is, by trusting God and His Son, Who never “casts me out” when I do so, but showers me abundantly with the grace of His guiding and focus-bringing Spirit. So I hand things over to Him today, whatever I have going on, and say, “Thy will be done,” my Lord, according to Your loving purpose for me.