If the Lord Is Willing?
Daily Devotional for December 10th
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. Mark 1:40-41
While there are countless events that take place in this world every day that are clearly not the will of God, there are still many things that are! Some wish to attribute catastrophes, tragedies and other calamities to the Lord, while they fail to give Him credit for good things that happen in the world. We must realize that God is not just able to save, heal, and deliver; he is willing to do those things in every life.
This leper came to Jesus with a great need. He had either seen or heard of Jesus cleansing lepers according to what he said. The leper did not question Jesus’ ability to heal. His dilemma though was Jesus’ willingness to heal him. Isn’t that the same struggle we have today? What about you, friend? Does it seem impossible for you to muster up enough faith to believe God, although you know beyond any doubt that He is able to do it?
The phrase if the Lord is willing is one of the most popular phrases spoken in churches today. The reality though is it can be a very deadly phrase when speaking of God’s promises. The word if will rob you of the promise God has made to you. The trouble is that it prevents people from placing their faith solidly in the promise God has clearly made. Many people desire things from God, but the fact that they don’t know if God is willing to perform it in their life, keeps them from believing God will do it.
We should never put a question mark anywhere God is clear about His promise. We should never say if it’s the Lord’s will if it’s clearly revealed in His word as His will because it generates unbelief. It is God’s will that all men and women be saved. 2 Peter 3:9. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8. Jesus came to give life. John 10:10. Once we know the will of God, we can ask of God with a great confidence that He will for He is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23.