Are you distressed? Going through suffering, you feel alone, lonely?
You feel like God is far from you. You wonder if he still cares. You ask, “Where are the good plans He talks of in Jeremiah 29:11.” “Because all I see now is trouble, pain, rejection, lack, failure, hatred, shame, disunity …”
You feel that the cup is too much for you!
You are not alone!
Habakkuk the prophet was there. He was calling on the Lord God but God seemed deaf. He said, “O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Habakkuk 1:2
Hannah was there too, she was distressed. She cried until she was confused for a drunkard. God give me a son, for I have waited for a long time. The bible says, … “and she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.” 1Samuel 1:10.
David was there too. Psalms 13:1 How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? 2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
The Lord Jesus Christ our high priest was there too.
Matthew 26:38 Then saith he (Jesus) unto them(disciples), My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou will.
Jesus prayed this prayer three times. Jesus your high priest also went through moments of distress, you can be sure he understands you when you go through issues that distress you.
Because Jesus our high priest understands you, you should run to Him when you are distressed!!
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
You can honestly express distress to Him: cry, question, request & express your desires.
In the midst of sorrow, Jesus concluded His prayer with NOT AS I WILL BUT AS YOU WILL.
Jesus submits to the will of God even in suffering. He says this is what I feel /would want but let it not happen as I want but as you (God) will.
In other words, if suffering is your will for me, let it be so. This phrase signifies faith, trust, and confidence in God rather than in His own feelings or knowledge.
The writer of the people’s commentary New Testament says, “This is an example of perfect faith–the faith by which alone answers to prayer can be obtained. He that insists on his will, when it is contrary to the will of God, fails in faith.”
Jesus Christ is our perfect example so when we are in those moments, we should end our prayers by submitting to the will of God.
Of course, it is not always easy to say let your will be done because we fear that His will is not our will. However, His will is the best.
He is all-powerful, all-knowing, faithful, love, just to mention a few. Therefore, you can trust that His will, will be the best. Check out START by MEDITATING on WHO God is for more on who God is.
Cry, question, request, be sorrowful, honestly express your desires then end with surrendering to the will of God.
He understands you! He is able to help you!
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