All Scripture references used in this post are taken from the NIV and NLT translations.
When we find ourselves facing an impossible situation, or find ourselves in unforeseen circumstances we often cry out, “Why God?” During these times, it is rare that we ask God to get us through the situation, but instead want Him to just take the situation away. Do you know that even Jesus found himself in this position? When the time of his crucifixion was drawing near he drew away from his disciples, praying to God that if possible could this cup please be taken from him. Three times he prayed this prayer, so in anguish the bible says his sweat became like drops of blood. The moment was approaching where he would have to lay down his life for you and for me and it became overwhelming for our savior. BUT, even in his request to God to have the cup taken, he still desired for his father’s will to be done not his. So while he wanted the cup taken from him, if it was what was necessary he would bear it.
Luke 22: 42-43 says , “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. An angel appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Matthew 26: 42-44 says, “He went away a second time and prayed, My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.”
Our salvation and the fact we even have life today, is because when Jesus asked for the cup to be taken He also understood that if it couldn’t be taken, it would just have to be his cup to bear. As he hung on the cross to die for our sins, bearing our cup, he says to his father, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
We need to be like Jesus! We have to understand that sometimes when we are going through, it is just our cup to bear. We don’t understand it, we want the cup to be taken from us, but if it be His will we must bear it. If we never had a painful cup to bear how would we ever grow? If Jesus never bore the cup he did for our sins, then how would we have been saved? God created and designed us to bear the different cups we are given throughout our life, and will never give you a cup that is beyond what He knows you can handle. So we need to accept what we’re facing, ask God for the strength to get through it and that His will be done, and just like Jesus tell God, “It is finished.”
God won’t leave you to bear the cup alone. It is when we are most weak that God’s power gives us the most strength. With our salvation we also have the gift of grace, that shows us mercy daily to help us make it through each day. In 2 Corinthians, chapter 12, Paul too finds himself in a situation where he is begging God to take something away from him, something he no longer wants to bear. The Lord responds by telling him that His power works best in weakness, and that His grace is all we need.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and trouble that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong”
Most of the time, as the bible illustrates, God is not going to just take the cup away. Whether it be an illness, a heartbreak, a financial hardship, a disappointment, among many other things. Whatever the situation may be, that is just our cup to bear. God has given us the tools to be able to handle it. Does this mean that it will be easy? No. Does it mean that it will not hurt? No.
God’s will is going to be done whether we like it or not, but His desire is that we actually desire in our hearts for it to be done. This means accepting whatever it is that may just be our cup to bear.
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