“He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke 22:41-42 NLT
Now, some of you may have read the title of this blog post and probably raised a brow. Let me clear, I am not saying that following God isn’t suffering, but it does cause us to suffer ourselves for His cause. I’m sure we are all asking the same questions to God: “why is it so hard following You? Why does life cause so much pain? Am I ever going to receive anything out of this narrow path?” While these questions are important and God does care about them, our lives are not centered around us. I know in my day to day life I struggle to grasp that. I do love God and serving Him brings life into me, just sometimes I question. Sometimes I get a little impatient with God’s timing because I know He knows how much I want this job, yet door after door keeps shutting in my face. Then I look to Word, and I see how Jesus portrays this message in the most perfect, vulnerable way.
When Jesus was sent down from Heaven to become of man, He knew the emotions He was going to have to face. He was going to face temptation, anger, depression, anxiety. So many common emotions we deal with. Our key verse comes from Luke Chapter 22, the chapter that shows us the exact image of Jesus. He was within the last hours of His life, and the human side of Him was overtaking Him like a plague. He left His disciples in Mount Olives to go be alone with His father. Notice the words that He says: “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke 22:41-42
WOW. Not only did this verse show human emotions (fear), it also shows a spiritual emotion as well. That is FAITH. Jesus knew this death, this gruesome, horrible death. He felt every fear and pain that we could not even possibly imagine. Yet… Jesus still prays and still honors God’s will.
You see, this life is not ours. Jesus’s life here on earth wasn’t even His. Jesus didn’t come down to be served, but he served, healed, loved, and died for us and for the Will of God. Who are we to go against God? Wow are we to think our ways are higher than God? That our plans will outlast God? God’s will requires suffering because we have to surrender what is not ours to receive what is His. We have to let ourselves die to be alive in Christ.
“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” Isaiah 12:2 NLT