The story of the cross (Luke 23:32-38) is the most powerful and heart-wrenching story you will ever read in the Bible. It symbolizes sacrifice, love, mercy, and forgiveness. The cross is a simple message of God’s unconditional love for us, but, yet, so complex in the ultimate sacrifice God made for us. Jesus died so that we could have a relationship with His Father. He was beaten beyond recognition, mocked, spit on, whipped, and nailed to the cross for our transgressions. This story should never go unnoticed, because it proves God’s love will always overshadow death. Jesus did not die in vain but with honor.
Hillary Scott, a Christian artist, wrote a song called, “Thy Will Be Done”. The artist wrote the song out of desperation. Scott’s husband and her was expecting their second child and suffered a miscarriage. Through their loss and pain she wrote this song as a reminder of who God is even in the most heartbreaking moments in her family’s life. This song references at Scripture in the Bible when Jesus asked His Father to take this cup from Him, but Jesus went further to say, “yet not as I will, but as You will”. (Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42). Jesus prayed “in anguish” in the Garden of Gethsemane for God to remove His heavy burden, which was dying on the cross. “He prayed more earnestly [that] His sweat was like drops of blood falling on to the ground” (Luke 22:44).
Jesus surrendered to His Father and declared, “Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10). In the song referenced above, the chorus is written as a prayer, just like Jesus, Scott was desperate for God to take this cup from her. She was “like a child on [her] knees” crying out “thy will be done” (Matthew 18:3; Psalm 143:10; John 1:13, 5:30, 6:38). In this moment, the artist was out of words to say. She exhausted her energy from the agony she was feeling and says, “‘all that comes to me’ Lord, I need you!”
Through tears and hurt, Scott realized that God’s ways are higher than her’s (Isaiah 55:8), and she surrenders to Him even when she cannot “count it all joy” (James 1:2). She no longer wanted to seek understanding, but to find peace in the midst of life’s storms. She found the strength to get on her knees and pray “thy will be done”. Scott begins to declare that God sees her (Jeremiah 12:3; Psalm 139:1) where she is at and hears her prayers (Psalm 17:6, 30:10, 86:1). She sees that God has a plan for her (Jeremiah 29:11) and goodness will come from this tragedy (Psalm 31:19).
Sometimes all we have left is a broken heart with no answers to “why” it happened, but this song encourages us to stay strong in our faith. This song tells us to get on our knees and pray to God with desperation. Just like this song says, God has a plan for all of us and it is a good plan. We have to trust God to get us through the rough times to see what is in store for our future. So the next time you find yourself in a hopeless situation, I encourage you to get on your knees and surrender to God’s will.
God, I know You see me, and I know You hear my prayers. I come to you today crying out Your Name. If it is Your will then help me stay strong in the midst life’s storms. God, help me find peace in my circumstances. I know that You are good and only have the best for my life.
OTHER REFERENCES TO LOOK UP
- “My Story” by Big Daddy Weave
- “Love Has Won” by Natalie Grant
- “Nothing But The Blood” by Casting Crowns
- “Crimson” by Nichole Nordeman
- “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin
- “Carry Me To The Cross” by Kutless
- “This Is Love” by Kutless