“Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” John 18:11
The direction of God in our lives is not always as easy to understand as we’d like it. There are moments when things seem clearer than others, and even then, the direction He might be asking of us can be difficult to embrace.
When Peter struck the servant of the high priest who came to arrest Jesus, He commanded Peter to put his sword away and said, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11) Jesus knew the will of His Father would be hard. Often, the road God asks us to walk can seem nearly impossible, but that's the nature of faith. As William Newton Clarke said, "Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.”
What was it about Jesus that He knew there was more to the situation than meets the eye? What moved Him to ultimately surrender Himself willingly to the soldiers?
Not only did He know the will of His Father, He also knew the heart of His Father. Jesus lived in perfect unity with His father and had complete confidence that the father loved Him perfectly and had nothing but wonderful plans for Him.
When we know the heart of God, we can trust God completely in our journey, knowing beyond a doubt that our steps are ordained by Him in love. This conviction compels us to live confidently in Him, trusting that all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Father, God, open the eyes of my heart so I might see what is in Your heart. Father, I yield my life and my heart to You. I pray Lord, that I would see things the way You do, and when I cannot, that Your grace would cover me and Your love overshadow my doubts so I may know You more deeply and fully. Amen
Take time this week to immerse yourself in Scriptures about the love of God. Romans 8:37-39 and Ephesians 2:4-5 are great places to start. This will make a big difference in how you respond to the things life throws at you this week.
Watch the short video: Remarkable Love
Or read Falling Out of Love with God.