Have you ever experienced sad loneliness? I’m talking about the kind when you are at the point of absolute desperation, and you kneel or lay in humility before God and pour out your anguish in feverish prayer, sleeves, pillow, tissues drenched in snot and tears? Nothing can be deeper, more serious, or more meaningful than this kind of moment with God.
In Luke 22:42, Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemene, and he cried out to his Father…”Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
There was no crowd. Even the twelve were socially distancing, asleep, but Jesus had a one on one with God.
I’ve heard it said, the highest form of faith is praying “nevertheless” as you submit to the will of God. There is something special that happens when you trust Him regardless of the outcomes.
Here, Jesus prayed and asked God if it was his will, take the cup of suffering away. And what happened? Did God deliver Him so that He would not have to drink of the cup? No, instead God sent an angel, who strengthened Him.
God does not always deliver you from the circumstances that drive you to go one on one with God, but He will give you the strength and the grace to endure it.
Question: When facing a big challenge, would you rather God change the circumstance or give you strength to endure it? why?