This Rest Ministries devotion spoke to my spirit today so I wanted to share it with you all. I hope that it ministers to you as well. Please pass it along to those in your life who may need to hear this word from the Lord as well. This is not only referring to physical pain, like in my case. But it can also apply to emotional pain. God bless you today!
Luke 22:42…"Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me;
yet not My will, but Thine be done." In the Old Testament, the cup is
often used as the symbol of divine wrath against sin. On the very
next day, Jesus Christ would bear the sins of many and the fullness
of divine wrath would fall on His shoulders. This was the price of
sin that He, Jesus, bore and He paid it in full. His cry of anguish
in Matt. 27 ("My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?") expresses
the extreme level of bitterness of the cup of wrath He was given.
However, this does not imply that there was any conflict between the
will of the Father and the will of the Son. It was a perfectly normal
expression of His humanity that He would shrink from the cup of
divine wrath. Those of us who experience pain on a daily basis have
some of the same normal expressions as we live our humanity. But even
though the cup was ugly and painful beyond perception, He willingly
took it, because it was the will of the Father.
Have you ever wondered if what you are experiencing is the will of
the Father? Is it possible that there is something or someone at work
producing something far greater than your comfort from pain? I
experience pain that, at some times, literally brings me to tears and
still I know that there are others out there in far worse shape than
I am. I want so strongly, to follow the will of the Father, no matter
how much is hurts. What we see in this prayer is that Jesus was
consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily turning over all of His
human desires to the Father’s perfect will. So there was no conflict
between the Father and the Son, or between the deity of Christ and
His human desires. I see so much more of the Father in my life when I
turn "my desires" over to His will.
Today, you are reading this devotion and you don’t know how to get
the hurt to stop and the peace to flow within your spirit. The level
of pain is so intense you cannot concentrate on Jesus or the Father
or spiritual matters at all. You need to close your eyes and allow
the next verse (22:43…"Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven,
strengthening Him.") to minister to you. Realize that your situation
may have far reaching consequences to others as they see you carry
your cross. I’m not speaking "out of school." I know exactly what I
am talking about and have a pretty good idea of what you are feeling.
You can’t fix it. So why not ask God to comfort you while you
experience it? You’ll be blessed and so may someone else.
I pray that God would be just the ointment you need today.
About the Author
Dave Stallings lives in Phoenix , Arizona with his wife of 36 years,
Barbara, who also suffers a serious Fibromyalga and MCS, and their
dog, Captain Jack along with their kids and grand kids ! Dave is a
semi-retired pastor and loves to blog on his personal web page since
being diagnosed with Stage IV incurable non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two
and a half years ago…his motto is "It is what it is and God is not
surprised".his website is www.nowwhut.org and his blog is
www.nowwhataz.blogspot.com, and he can be reached by email at