Our current series of devotions was written by Helen Burnard from INcontext International.
16 April 2018
WEEK 4: The Garden of Surrender
“Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch 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.’” (Matthew 26:36-39, NIV)
When reading the account of what transpired in this garden, it is very clear that Jesus was in spiritual agony like no man before or after Him. Looking from an earthly perspective, we could interpret it as an admission of defeat and lose hope. But it is exactly at this point in time that we need to look from another perspective, for in all of our lives, there will be a “Gethsemane moment”: that one moment in time when we will have to make a decision to either fight or to surrender to His will. Once we have made that decision in the garden, whatever follows will be bearable, for we will have the confidence and faith that the Father is in control of our lives. Once you have made that “Gethsemane decision”, you will no longer be tossed to and fro like an ocean wave, but God will give that peace that passes understanding and the strength to endure.
Trust Him and surrender.
WEEK 1: The Gardens of Life
WEEK 2: The Vegetable Garden
WEEK 3: Wasteland to Wonderland