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9/02 2012

Gethsemane and times of anguish.

Very interesting reading from UCB devotional “Word for you today”
By Bob and Debbie Gass. It asks some interesting questions.

I have been struck recently how painful it can be and how difficult when our beliefs and concepts are challenged. Especially how our faith in God can be challenged when things don’t work out the way we had thought, hoped and prayed for. It does not mean that God is less real, not interested or not still in control, even though it my feel that way.
The account of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane speaks into this issue.
   
09 Feb 2012
ARE YOU IN GETHSEMANE?
‘Jesus went…to a place called Gethsemane…’ Matthew 26:36
The word Gethsemane means ‘crushed olives.’ And from crushed olives comes oil that heals, illuminates, and nourishes. We all have our Gethsemane. To understand and embrace yours, look at the night Christ spent there before going to the cross: ‘Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them…”My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch [pray] with me.” 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’ ‘ (vv.36-39 NIV). Notice: 1) Gethsemane is where your prayers are not answered as you’d like them to be. God understands how you feel, and He has a better plan in mind. 2) Gethsemane is where those closest to you cannot help. Like Christ’s disciples, they will pray with you for a while but then grow tired and give up. At this point, you pray alone. You go on alone. 3) Gethsemane is where you feel the full weight of God’s will. The Old Testament prophets spoke of ‘the burden of the Word of the Lord.’ Luke tells us that in Gethsemane Jesus was ‘ in anguish’ and that ‘his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground’ (Luke 22:44). We used to sing in church, ‘All that I have, all that I am, all I shall ever be; cannot repay the love debt I owe; I surrender to Thee!’ If you’re finding it easier to sing than to surrender, you’re in Gethsemane!

 

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