And He (Jesus) said,
Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee;
take away this cup from Me:
nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.
Mark 14:36 KJV
How often I've prayed prayers similar to this one but
leaving out the last, most important part...
"nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt".
I hate pain; I'm not fond of suffering either.
Times of trials are no fun and can drain me emotionally and physically.
Oh, and did I say, submission is a "bit" difficult for me too?
Seemingly unanswered prayer
(prayers not answered my way and not in a timely fashion)
can leave me doubting God's love for me.
Of course that speaks more to my pride than God's love, doesn't it?
Jesus didn't doubt God's love.
He truly believed, He knew, all things would work together for good...
He trusted His Father completely.
Yes, He knew that submission to His Father's plan
would mean horrific pain, suffering and humiliation for a time--
after all, by the time of His crucifixion, He had had ample opportunity to see many crucifixions
(the Romans practiced very public executions of those they condemned to death).
His humanity cried out for God to deliver Him from this,
and yet He was willing to do God's will--
despite the heavy cost
and because of His obedience, His submission even to death,
we can be reconciled to God--forgiven.
Abba Father help me to trust You in the good,
and also, in the bad times of my life.
In Jesus' Name,
Have a blessed Holy Week
and a truly good,