Art by Abbie Schuermann
Art by Abbie Schuermann

Read: Mark 14:32-42

Is it possible to be troubled and be godly?  Is it possible to be greatly distressed, yet not sin?  Is it possible to be honest with God in prayer about what we are going through?  The answer to each of these statements is a resounding YES — and it is demonstrated for us clearly through the person of Jesus Christ and His prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane just hours before His arrest.  These verses tell us that Jesus (the Son of God) was troubled about what He was about to face.  These verses also tell us that Jesus was greatly distressed about it, and yet we know He is sinless.  We also see that Jesus even asked for “the cup to pass from Him if possible.”  Gethsemane is a great reminder for us that if we face difficulty, it does not mean that we are out of God’s will.  Gethsemane also reminds us that we can be deeply troubled in our spirit about what is happening around us, and even boldly pray to God about what we are facing.  I am so thankful for the Garden of Gethsemane because it reminds us that we can trust God in the middle of the storms we face in the “real world.”

Question of the Day:  What are some challenges you are facing in life right now?  Spend some time in prayer about these situations today.

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