Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

Doing God's Will

Briefing: Each one of us has a will. You know the saying, "that child has a will of his own". Hopefully, you chose a career in law enforcement because you have a will to do good to others.

Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew 26:36-46.

On the Street: Webster's dictionary describes will as: used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent or in negative constructions refusal.

What is your will for your life? As I think about that question, I realize my will changes. It is different now that I am married and have children than it was when I was single. As I get closer to retirement, my will changes. The biggest change in my will was when Jesus became the most important thing in my life.

My children have a will. Like the saying above, sometimes their will and my will do not match. They have a tendency to forget I have much more life experience and understanding than they (I forgot that too when I was their age). Sometimes they don't realize I want the best for them and my decisions are based on that desire. They only see it as me being mean or unfair.

When Jesus was in the garden praying, He knew exactly what the next fifteen to sixteen hours were going to be like. He knew the beatings, trials, mocking and executions were just over the horizon. I don't blame Him for not wanting to endure it. He looks to His heavenly Father and asks for this "cup" (the cup of wrath) to pass Him. He barely finishes the sentence before yielding to God and saying, "Yet not as I will, but as you will", seen in verse thirty-nine. He says it again in verse forty-two and forty-three. He was about to suffer things I will never have to experience, yet He went, because it was His Father's will, He knew His Father's will was what had to be done.

Jesus' attitude needs to be our attitude. My prayer is that if I have to endure uncomfortable things for God's will to be done, then so be it.

Highlights from this Read: The timeline for the events in these passages are from 11:30 p.m. Thursday to 1:00 a.m. Friday (Good Friday).

God used the symbol of the cup of wrath to communicate His wrath which He would pour out. This is mentioned in Isaiah 51:22, Jeremiah 25:15-16, Ezekiel 23:31-34, Psalm 11:6 (the NIV leaves out the second part of the verse that says, "And this shall be the portion of their cup"), Revelation 14:9-11 and ultimately Isaiah 53:10.

Investigational Resources: There are two other gospel accounts of Jesus in the garden. They are in Mark 14:32-42 and Luke 22:40-46.

Jesus would often go off by Himself to pray. This can be seen in Luke 4:2, 6:12, Matthew 6:6, 9:38, 14:13, 14:23, 1 Peter 4:7 and John 17:1-5.

Officer Safety Principle: Ask yourself if your will matches up to God's will. If not, what is in your will that is not what God wants?

from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.

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