Offering our will to God is often a challenging choice because we have the tendency, as a result of Original Sin, to want things our way. We come up with all sorts of justifications for our desires and positions on matters, expecting God to agree with us rather than us having to agree with Him. Fostering a real and true devotion to God requires us to meditate on God’s goodness and love, and to admit our shortcomings and sinfulness.
Offering our will to God, then, is not a matter of how we feel; it is about looking into the truth of things and choosing to align our desires with the truth. Thankfully, we are not alone in this daunting endeavor. The Catholic Church is the pillar and bulwark of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The terms pillar and bulwark refer to structural supports that hold up a building. The Church is set in place to support the edifice of gospel truth. The Holy Spirit makes this possible by enabling the successors of the apostles - our present-day bishops - to preserve the apostolic faith from corruption and distortion as the centuries pass and show us its continued relevance for our time. Thus if we really want to live a life of devotion - offering our will to God - let us conform ourselves to the apostolic faith. Otherwise, what we will see is a disconnect between internal disposition and external expression. And God, who can read the heart, is not impressed if acclamation to Him is on the lips alone.
David J. Conrad