Verse of the Week:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13 KJV
“God, make me willing to be made willing.”
~ Corrie Ten Boom
When I found this quote by Corrie ten Boom, the woman who at age 52, along with her sister Betsie, 58, spent time in the Ravensbrück concentration camp, a women’s labor camp in Germany, for protecting and hiding Jews during WWII, the verse above, Philippians 2:13, came to mind.
When we repent of our ways, and determine to follow Him, He writes His laws on our hearts of flesh and circumcises them with the circumcision made without hands. If we yield to Him, He will change our hearts to conform to His will and He will give us the ability to do His will.
When I think about what Corrie and her family did and went through to help Yehovah’s people, I can’t help but think that she had already prayed, “God make me willing to be made willing.” They knew the consequences of their actions and had counted the cost, but God’s will was more important than their own lives.
Even in the deplorable conditions of the concentration & labor camps, Corrie and Betsie kept their eyes on their Savior and conducted Bible studies and led many women to Christ. They dreamed of and planned on helping the less fortunate when they were released from imprisonment. Betsie died in prison at 59, and Corrie was released 12 days later due to a clerical error. The very next week all the women in her age group were sent to the gas chamber. Yet after her release, Corrie continued her service to the Lord and the less fortunate just as she and Betsie had planned. She was willing to serve her Heavenly Father no matter what.
Live it out this week
What a great example Corrie ten Boom is to us for how to pick up our cross and follow Him daily to do His pleasure.
Do you tend to complain and feel sorry for yourself when things don’t go the way you want them. I do. It’s easy to fall into that trap. In light of what Corrie and Betsie went through, it seems a bit self-centered.
Examine yourself. Are you ready to pray Corrie’s prayer “God make me willing to be made willing?” If not, why not? Obeying the Father and following our Savior is not optional. And He will work in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Yeshua (Jesus) prayed it this way, “nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.”
Abba Father help me to surrender to Your will and not my own. Help me to say as your Son did the night before He died, “nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.”
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Corrie ten Boom (1892 – 1983) – Holocaust survivor and author of The Hiding Place
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