“Grace is God’s doing and God did it when he strengthened his Son to obey his will through the cross. And God will do it to strengthen you through your trial to follow God’s paramount will for your life.”
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Our God is high and exalted. He is our sovereign Majesty. His character is supreme, his power unlimited and his will, paramount. Jesus, facing certain crucifixion at sunrise, sought the will of Father God in the garden. We often forget that Jesus was as much a man as you and I are.
It was past midnight as he prayed in Gethsemane. His friends had fallen asleep a stone’s throw away from where he knelt in the dust. He was under such strain that the capillaries in the skin of his face burst, causing blood to mix with sweat. “Ah, Abba! Would that I did not need to go through with this. If it is your will, please take this cup from me.” Jesus faced the cup of God’s wrath because of your sin and my sin. “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” With that, an angel from God stood by him to give him strength.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God – God in the flesh. Yet, in Gethsemane we see his humanity revealed. Indeed, he is Son of God and Son of Man. As a man, Jesus had a choice. He could have simply stood up, woken Peter, James and John, and gone back home to bed. This was one of the final temptations that Jesus faced. Yet, he resisted. The Son of Man cried out to God his Father but God’s will was firm, and, thank God, Jesus submitted to the will of God.
Some may say that Jesus showed weakness in Gethsemane. Indeed, his flesh might have appeared weak but his Spirit was strong. Through this account of Jesus in Gethsemane, we have a clear example of faith. Faith is the ingredient that took Jesus through his trial. And faith is the ingredient that will take you through yours.
We are saved by grace through faith. Grace is God’s doing and God did it when he strengthened his Son to obey his will through the cross. And God will do it to strengthen you through your trial to follow God’s paramount will for your life.
God-tracking is remaining true to God’s will by the strength of his might
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2 Corinthians 12:7-10
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Thank you that your plans – your will – for my life are always for my good and your glory
“O Father God, sometimes I find it so difficult remaining true to your will. However, from the example of Jesus in Gethsemane, I rest in your might to give me strength to follow your will. Your grace is sufficient for me to do whatever you call me to do. So, like Jesus, I look through the trial ahead of me and see myself victorious on the other side. Thank you that your plans – your will – for my life are paramount and always for my good and your glory. Amen.”
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