“There is no will but God’s. The idea for today [Note: Workbook Lesson 74] can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. (WB 130)”
1 – God’s Will and Our Will
Many of us get caught up in conflicts over God’s will and our own. We wonder if we are really very different from the story of Jonah in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), who was forced to follow God’s will, even though his own seemed in conflict.
2 – There Is Really No Conflict
A Course in Miracles promises us that there really is no conflict. God and we actually have the same will. When we follow our Christ nature, we will know this. Only when caught in temptation do we feel led to take a different pathway, one that we know at the time is not God’s highest and best choice for us.
3 – Central Thought
This workbook lesson actually says that this statement can be regarded as the “central thought” toward which all exercises are directed. Surely when we know that God and we share the same will, we will not get caught up in conflict again. His choice for us is always best, and we will follow what we know from the Holy Spirit when Awakening beckons.
Certainly I fretted over God’s will for many years in my early adulthood. I didn’t want to feel like Jonah, but I did. Thank You that those days are behind me, thanks to the greater understanding that A Course in Miracles has given me. I do not have to worry that You might want me to be a puppet–just doing Your bidding. Your bidding and my desire are actually identical! This reality is indeed grand!
Thank You for keeping me on the pathway that I thought You wanted for me when I was younger. I would never have felt that I had loved You enough if I had deviated from that pathway, though I know that You would have forgiven me. May the pathways ahead that You point out be ones that I can easily and peacefully walk, without conflict. I would know Your peace.
Thank You for always being there for me, for I am a part of You. That knowledge is also a blessing that You have granted me through ACIM. Thank You for that knowledge.