Verse of the Day


"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'"

~Matthew 26:39


Today's Devotional Thought

September 14, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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Believing God Through Tears

One of the most powerful scenes in the Bible for me is when Jesus is in the garden praying to his heavenly father before his crucifixion. As I picture it in my mind, I can almost feel his angst. The Bible tells us he was sweating blood (Luke 22:44), which we know from science can occur in times of great emotional stress. Luke and Matthew both tell us that he became sorrowful and troubled (Matthew 26:37).

Verse 39 of Matthew says:
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

Have you ever prayed that prayer before? Laying on your face before the Lord, have you ever asked God to take something from you, heal something that you don't want to exist anymore, or relieve you of some burden? Asked God, with full submission and humility before him, to assist you in your darkest hour by taking something away?

When I read this account of Jesus in the garden I am always struck by the real human emotion and sorrow that Jesus experienced and the true submission to his father that he displays at the same time. I have never experienced anything that even comes close to what Jesus was about to experience, but I have encountered things that have left me begging God to take it from me. And, I have endured things in life which left me uncertain of what God's plan might be and what he may be asking me to walk through. And with real sorrow and sadness, I walked through hurtful things while holding on with all my might to my belief in God's sovereignty, his wisdom, and his plan.

The co-existence of real human emotion and a true submission to God's plan.

That is what I see in Jesus in this scene.

Oh how I fear that we sometimes think if someone is upset by a situation that they aren't trusting God. Or if they are hurting or sad by something, they must not believe in God's ability to heal or carrying them through a situation.

I think it is so important to remember that belief in God and trusting in his sovereign plan does not mean we won't hurt. It does not mean that we won't be sorrowful or troubled. Jesus was fully submissive and obedient to his father's plan, but the situation still hurt him deeply.

Believing God and trusting in his sovereign plan means we say, Not my will, but yours. Maybe we say it through our tears and heartache. Maybe we even say it through sweating blood.

But, we say it.

And we walk forward to whatever it is God has for us.


Memorize this verse today:

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'"
~Matthew 26:39



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