Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

Thy will or my will?

It is difficult to dispute that most of us want things done our way. It doesn’t seem to matter if we really know how something should be done, we just want it done our way. The problem with this is that it leaves us open to failure. Sometimes it even leaves us open to something worse.

In the warehouse environment, it is often best to try to do what your supervisor says before trying it your own way. Usually, though there have been known exceptions, your supervisor has the experience to know what is really going on, and what needs to be done. To that end, it doesn’t make any sense to argue with him, unless you have more experience than him, and a better awareness of the situation, particularly in terms of something that they may not know.

As a Christian, I will just say it. This doesn’t work with God. God knows far more than we can imagine dreaming. God has experience in things that are society is just now starting to learn about. Let’s face it, you just can’t argue with God, you will never be in a position in which you know better.

What do we do then? Well, there is an answer for that, and it is found in Matthew chapter 6, at the 10th verse. Christ Jesus has been instructing the disciples about prayer, and he gives them this next little bit, which reads “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

In good Lutheran fashion, we like to ask the question “What does this mean?”. According to the Small Catechism it means this:

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean?–Answer.

The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is this done?–Answer.

When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith unto our end. This is His gracious and good will.

Oddly, the 11th chapter of the Gospel according to Luke omits this statement about God’s will. Yet we find it in Matthew 6:10. Maybe Luke thought the statement redundant. We can’t know. We do know is that in God’s kingdom, it is all about God’s will. You should never seek to willfully disobey the king, and God is the king of creation. To do so would have serious ramifications.

God’s will is often like that of a supervisor, your responsibility is simply to listen and abide. However, unlike that supervisor, God’s will is perfect and infallible. I’ve yet to find a supervisor who didn’t make a mistake, or worse.

Now this brings up an interesting question. What is God’s will? According to the Bible, the ultimate will of God is to bring salvation to fallen humanity, which he did through the work of the cross, upon which Christ Jesus was crucified. However, not all will accept this free gift of God. Many will reject it, which is the only thing we really are capable of doing. Doing that will result in something worse than failure, it will result in eternal death, in the Lake of Fire.

God is very much like a supervisor, yet more than a supervisor. He is the King of Kings. His will is absolute. To go against it may indeed be the unforgivable sin. This also means that when he declares something as sin, we can not legislate out of being sin, as doing so only further violates his will, and puts us at greater risk of an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Going against God is dangerous and foolhardy. Going against your supervisor, also dangerous if you don’t have their experience. If you want to do your way, you had best be certain that you know precisely what you are doing, and that what you have been instructed to do is certain to fail. You might be surprised to find that your way isn’t the right way after all.

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