SAY GOD WILLING, BECAUSE JESUS IS WILLING

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SAY GOD WILLING, BECAUSE JESUS IS WILLING

‘Insha’Allah’, Arabic for ‘God willing’, is commonly used in many countries when speaking about plans or events expected in the future There is something beautiful about punctuating our thoughts and plans with the consideration for Him and His will in our life. It is much like how two people who are in love, would punctuate their thoughts when out shopping or having a drink with the boys, with ‘oh, I think he’ll like that shirt very much’ or ‘I think I’ll pick up that slice of cake ‘cos I know it’ll brighten her day’. And just like lovers know that their gifts and considerate thoughts from love will always bring the desired outcome, we who believe can be confident that when we punctuate our thoughts and plans with God and His plans, when we factor in how He would feel about what we are doing, and what He would want for us, we will never be disappointed because, He is willing.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, He was always willing; willing to meet all who would come to Him and ask of Him. Indeed, He said,

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” John 6:37

So, just as He said in Jeremiah, that which is He is willing to do is prosper us, give us hope and a future; and beloved, Jesus is all about hope.

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matthew 8:1-3

Jesus was the man’s hope that is why the leper went to look for Jesus. Lepers were supposed to be physically cast out from human contact during that time because of the contagiousness of the condition. Yet this man came looking for Jesus, despite knowing that would be reprisal for him if he was caught by anyone else. And when he found Jesus, Jesus gave him hope, because Jesus healed him. And this was not the only time.

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was not better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.” Mark 5:25-29

Jesus was so willing that His willingness so comprehensively permeated His entire being. Even His clothes, it seems, were willing. That is how much Jesus is willing. In fact, Jesus is so willing, not even death itself can stop Him from giving you the good which you are asking for.

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”
But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately.” Luke 8:49-55

The girl was dead. But that did not stop Jesus from giving Jairus what he originally wanted, which was for his daughter to live a good and healthy life. That is how amazing Jesus is. But what is even more amazing is that even though mid-way through the ordeal the very ones who called Him gave up hope and ridiculed Him, He still gave them the good that their hearts desired.

So beloved, even if you are at the end of your tether, gave up on all hope; if you look to Jesus, and hand your situation over to Him, He is more than willing and able to help you and give you the good which you desire, which He also desires for you, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Consider the example of the Centurion.

“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
“And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
“The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, “Do this,” and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!.” Matthew 8:5-10

The Centurion asked, and without another word, Jesus went. In fact, this is not the only time. When Jairus asked, this was how Jesus responded.

“While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.” Matthew 9:18-19

Ask Him, and He will just get up and start work. This is Jesus.

You know, beloved, if you think that Jesus’ willingness to help you is marvelous, let me let you in on a secret. Jesus considers our faith in Him that makes us ask Him, marvelous; just as He marveled at the faith that the Centurion had. So beloved, it pleases Him, excites Him and brings Him great joy to do the good which we all ask for. For indeed He said,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

And if you do not know just how to ask Him or what to say, there is no need to worry, because He knows exactly what you need, even if you do not realize it.

“Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”” Matthew 9:1-2

This is a strange thing that Jesus did, is it not? We would expect that healing of the man’s physical infirmities would be the thing that the man most needs. But Jesus knows better. Just as He later explains,

“For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.” Matthew 9:5-7

In life, we often get caught up with the problems in our lives, blinkered by what is directly before us, so much so that we lose sight of what is truly important; but Jesus reminds us,

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20

So even if we do get lost sometimes, lose sight of what is really important, it is alright. Jesus knows exactly what we need and gives us what we need. And He is so good at giving us what we need till sometimes we do not realize that we got it.

“Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.”  Luke 8:26-29

The apostle Luke was a physician by trade and training. But even the doctor was so fascinated by the entire episode; he did not even realize when the demon was cast out. That is how immediate Jesus works and how effective. And notice that the demon possessed man did not even ask for Jesus to help Him? Jesus knew his heart and healed him anyway. So in the same way, Jesus knows your heart, and He will give you exactly what you need, when you need it, and do it so well, you may not even realize when you have received it.

But you are sitting there thinking that your faith is too little. You doubt that God will help you. Well beloved, here is an example of a doubter.

“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.” John 5:5-9

Jesus never withheld anything from anyone because their faith was small. In fact, He does not really care how large your faith is, for He said,

“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6

And on a separate occasion,

“…for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

So large faith, or small faith, as long as you have faith, Jesus hears you and will meet you in your time of need.

For this is the reason why.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

Our Father was willing to sacrifice His Son, Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life, for you so that you may have full remission of sins, be made right with God and have everlasting life.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So that now,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

And since,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

So let us therefore not say,

““Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”” James 4:13-15

Because when you are willing, He is willing, just as it happened to His disciples.

“Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.” Mark 6:47-48

Are you straining to get ahead, struggling to even get anywhere, let Jesus into your life, into your circumstance, and this will happen.

“Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” John 6:21

Turn your situation, your cares and your worries over to Him today for He is able and always willing to meet you when you look for Him and give you exactly what you need, when you need it.

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