Good morning Church family
This morning in my quiet time I have been reading the account of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mark 14. Verses 35-36 stood out for me “And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.””
Now I have read that verse a lot and but something new jumped out at me. Jesus began to pray that if it were possible, saying all things are possible for You. The word possible here is what spoke to me quite loudly. Let me tell you why…have you ever wanted to pray a prayer but didn’t because there was a strong chance that what you were praying for wouldn’t necessarily be answered. Perhaps the odds are really stacked against you and you didn’t want to face the disappointment. Well this didn’t stop Jesus from approaching God the Father with His request. He knew that His request would be truly heard and considered by the Father and that if there was anyway that this could change then the Father would grant Him His desire, and yet and here is the crucial bit, not what I will, but what You will.
You see in our lives there are situations where our loving father knows that what we want cannot be, as disappointing as it may be. Not because He wants to be mean or hold good things back from us but because He has an eagle eye view of every bit of the situation in mind, all the people involved and all the possible outcomes. Perhaps in some circumstances if we were given the choice to go with our decision it might actually make things worse. In other circumstances we may never know the reason. We can’t predict the future, and the answers to our why not’s may never be fully known in this life. But consider this what if in certain situations we were asking for something that would cause us more harm than good, wouldn’t we want Him to act against what we asked Him for. I think the answer is yes and so it is reasonable to conclude, from what we do know of God, that while His reasoning might be beyond us, a loving Father would never offer His children second best or leave them without an eternal solution.
So how do we find comfort in the not knowing in this life? Well let’s look to Jesus. Jesus trusted His father impeccably, enough to go through the hard stuff and look at the benefits the whole world reaped! Jesus was able to trust not because He had answers but because He knew His Father’s character and that He was loved. Whether we can logically understand why something was allowed or not, here is the take away. God has got us and only He can work this out for us. It may take time but we can trust Him, He will bring us through. Jesus knew that; may we all come to know that comfort in our lives in the midst of hard times.