“Do you think that I am not able to ask My Father and there will be by Me now twelve legions of angels? How then would the scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?” (Matthew 26:53-4).
This was Jesus’ task, to fulfill the Messianic scriptures. Peter acted instinctively in drawing his sword to resist but he didn’t understand. Jesus, on the other hand, knew what had to take place and went like a lamb to the slaughter, as prophesied of Him, for it was the only way that the divine plan to give mankind an opportunity for redemption could be implemented. That was the job that Jesus had to do Himself; no-one else could do it.
In the same sense, we have a job to do as well. We have to immerse ourselves in the scriptures continually to discover what it is God requires of us. The Holy Spirit is not going to overrule our own will; He’s not going to exercise our will; we have to do that ourselves. If we don’t do that ourselves, we can’t be sons of God and we can’t inherit salvation.
We must decide for ourselves which one we are going to serve; the Lord Jesus Christ or the god of this world who rules through the self and its fleshly nature. It is up to us; it is our job. We have to do the things before us; that’s our steadfastness, that’s our perseverance, that’s our suffering; in making decisions daily and hourly and continually, laying aside our own will and desires in favour of the Lord. In every situation we have to ask ourselves, “what is your will Lord”, at all times overruling the flesh and its own desires.
The Word of God will prevail; just as it did with Jesus, so it will with us, for better or worse.