21st SEPTEMBER 2022
“ 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
At some points in life, we become so disillusioned and very confused, and we wondered if we would ever overcome a problem. I am sure not everyone reading this devotional right now, especially the young adults may have experienced the scenario I am trying to paint to us. However, a great number of older persons who have gone through profoundly serious negative experiences in life will confirm to us that suffering is real and can sometimes be overwhelming, without immediate solutions. Not even prayers would seem to work during those dark moments. Nevertheless, I do know that God is always present in every bad situation, even though He allows some painful experience to happen to us at His will; He does so for a reason, and He is never wrong!
For instance, presently, throughout the world, humanity is still expecting that the curve of the COVID – 19 pandemic will have flattened out so that everyone can have some measure of respite from the trauma of the disease. COVID – 19 has become a serious pandemic ravaging the entire world. More worrisome is that, not only has COVID persisted, even though in smaller occurrences in the world, MONKEY POX seems to be coming up gradually from the ashes of COVID.
To trust in God is to embrace and submit to God’s will, even in the midst of misery and when we are just unable to think of any solution. Remember that providence would always echo to us the sentiment of one of our favourite hymns, titled, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. I am sure some if not all of us remember this hymn very well:
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with thee.
Thou changest not, thy compassion, they fail not;
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Yes, the faithfulness of God is beyond our understanding. No matter how pained or traumatized we are, or how irreparable our losses have become, still, I tell you today that God is still faithful to us. When we thus accept the will of God, God is moved to touch us in a special way; The throne of Grace is opened for us to receive healing and mercy.
As you can see from today’s rider verse, Jesus suffered great misery, pain, and trauma, He wished the cup could pass away from Him, but nevertheless, He submitted to the will of God Almighty. The interesting aspect of Jesus experience is the fact that His destiny warranted Him to suffer thus. He had no choice but to drink the cup and face the cross. In the end, Jesus came out strong for everyone! So, it is with everyone today. Whatever bad experience we are confronted with, we will always come out strong by His grace.
The will of God overrides and sustains all things. His Will shall surely deliver us all. Therefore, today’s word is telling us to submit to God during this period of pain and disappointment and to believe in His power to turn the table in our favour. No matter how broken and terrible you have been, whether due to loss of opportunities, loss of a loved one, financial wreck, high debt profile, protracted ill-health with no cure in sight, etc., have faith in God! Believe in a God who can make the impossible possible. Get in rhythm with Him. ; He is your stronghold and the light with which you see during the dark hours. Engross in prayers and supplications regularly, and the faithfulness of God will surely light up your paths.
Our crisis situation is like Jesus’ experience; it requires us to have faith in God to give us the crown after the cross. We have to be patient, expectant by faith, and hopeful through endurance. Be confident that you shall come out stronger and better in the end! AMEN.
Remember, when Jesus died on Friday, it looked like the Devil had won the battle. But He rose with power on the third day. Three days passed from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection, therefore, if you can just hold out until tomorrow—if you can just keep the faith through the night—everything will be all right. After the dark night, comes golden dawn!
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I declare you are my shepherd and I shall not want. Lord, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for you are with me. Therefore, I declare that your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: Psalm 23.