Do you ever find you’re at the end of your strength?
I recently preached a message at church called The Goodness of God, and during my preparation, I came across a verse that was so encouraging to me.
Luke 22:43 (NIV)
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
Here’s the back story:
Jesus is in the garden before His betrayal, feeling the full weight of humanity’s sin and in that vulnerable place, He prays to His Father for relief. The verse before this one has become the mantra of many believers:
Luke 22:42 (NIV)
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
This is such a powerful statement about trusting in the goodness of God.
In that moment, our Saviour took a stand against His raging soul and declared His spirit was going to take control and fulfil the call of God on His life.
The instant that happens, the Father sends aid to strengthen Him.
What a beautiful picture of the loving Father who sees when those whom He loves are at the end of themselves and need help.
It’s a wonder and a comfort to have the God of the universe yet the King of our hearts be so intimate at such an awful moment.
We have all had ‘garden’ moments. Granted, not exactly the same, but similar in the sense of feeling burdened and troubled. Moments where you’ve cried out in angst and determined to trust God and His will for your life, only to have peace without understanding or measure come rushing in like a flood?
Note these moments. Recall them. Be grateful for them. That’s our good, good Father looking after us, as He always does and always will!