God's Will, God's Way
Matthew 26:36-39

We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.

As we work through the steps of recovery, we look up a long, difficult road toward a better life. And though we know the goal is worthy of our commitment, we often find the challenge of the process overwhelming. As God goes about removing our defects, we may wish there were some other way. We may feel fear, a lack of confidence, deep anguish, and a host of other emotions which threaten to stop us in our tracks.

Jesus understands how we feel. He had a similar experience the night he was arrested. His friends were nearby, but when he needed them they were asleep. He told his friends, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death" (Matthew 26:38). As he realized the enormity of the pain he would face, he looked for some other way. He was not immediately able to accept the path set before him. Instead, he struggled and prayed the same thing three times: "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine" (26:39). Finally he found the grace to accept God's plan.

We may be overwhelmed as we face our own crosses on the way to a new life. But during such times of stress, we can look to Jesus for encouragement. As we look to him, we can express our deepest emotions. We can be honest about our struggle and cry out for help. We also can be confident that we'll be given the strength we need for the next step.

Because of the anguish Jesus experienced, he can truly relate to our suffering.