How many times do we ask God to deliver us from a situation when His plan is for us to go through it?
Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane praying. He knew what God’s plan was for him and he was not that excited about what he would have to endure to walk out God’s plan. Not that excited, but willing. He and God the Father had come to an understanding…Jesus knew what he had to do and he was trusting his Father to see him thru it.
How many times do we ask God to rescue us, when His plan is for us to, by His grace, go THROUGH it and come out better on the other side? Are we praying for a miracle of deliverance when we should be praying for wisdom, guidance and grace to get thru it? Relationships, finances, wayward children…no matter what we are dealing with, we can overcome it by faith in God (1 John 4:5). Trust God to provide the best outcome for your situation. Both outcomes are miraculous. One happens immediately – the other happens thru a process of learning and growth.
Judas showed up in the garden with a mob ready to arrest Jesus. Well, Peter – impulsive, passionate Peter – stepped up, drew his sword and lopped off an ear of one of the soldiers. In a movie, this would be the que for all heck to break loose. Imagine one of those movie scenes where everyone is fighting everyone…punches are flying, chairs are being broken over people’s heads. It’s a mess. But that is not what happened in this situation. Jesus calmly said, “Peter, put your sword away. Don’t you know I could call on my Father and he would send 12 legions (one legion is 6000 soldiers) of angels” (Matt 26:53) In other words, I don’t need your help…all I have to do is ask my Dad and he would rescue me. So why didn’t he? Because he knew what he had to do and he was trusting his Father to see him through.
That’s what I want…I want to be completely persuaded that no matter what my Father God asks me to do…no matter how impossible or difficult or unfair it seems…I am so sure of His love for me that I trust him to see me through it. What if Jesus had chosen the easy way out? We would have no hope of redemption and eternal life. Thank God, He chose God’s plan. And He did it all for you. Amazing love.