Devotional 4/23

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39

Could it be that the Lord hides next season’s harvest in what we have left?

Are you fully surrendered to God? Our God suffered before going to cross. Knowing He would be separated from God the Father, and burdened in carrying the world’s sin on His body. Ridiculed, and beaten by His very creation. His greatest pain, was His greatest victory.

Have you ever asked God to remove suffering from your life? The Lord Jesus made this prayer not once or twice, but three times! It reminded me of the apostle Paul. He had a thorn, a messenger of Satan to buffet him. Yet God’s response was: my grace is sufficient for you. In the Greeek this translates to:

  • my graciousness avails to much
  • My gracious manner will assist you
  • My act of graciousness will satisfy you

There’s a mystery in suffering, which works in us a measure of grit that is beyond human reasoning. There is a portion of suffering which God allots to us; suffering teaches us obedience. And God gives us His strength to endure.

The Lord knew what would be waiting for Him and how the end would also be- so why did He bother to pray? Christ was asking, if there is another way for the salvation of man- can we go that route? It is agony, yet not of a rebellious nature but of submission.

There is no way to tell who’s suffering the most. Sometimes pain is visible, sometimes it is not. Either way, it’s always difficult to know why we suffer, and to make it stop. But we do have a Lord who knows what it is like to suffer: we have a savior who knows how to help us go through suffering and come out on the other victorious.

Let’s pray:

Lord GOD today I pray according to Isaiah 50, may you open our ears, and keep us from rebellion. May you fill our hearts with hope, faith and love, and keep us from turning back. May you open our understanding to see the good in suffering as you did, and also to have an attitude of gratitude. May our mouths be full of praise. In Jesus name, Amen.

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