Week 4 - Endurance // Day 4
Luke 22 39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” 41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
There were times when the Master needed comfort, times when he had done his best and must face the inevitable. Do not such times come to all of us, when in the face of hostile circumstances we feel acutely the meaning of the fisher folk’s saying, “Our skiffs are little and the sea is big”? Now the need of comfort is not an experience of failure. Comfort comes from the same stem which is used in force, fort, fortify, and fortitude. It is a strong and military word. The need of comfort is the need of inward fortification against the crushing circumstances of life. The Master was fortified; even from Gethsemane he came victorious. Is it not true that sooner or later unavoidable trouble comes to everyone, and that it does one of two things to a person, —either embitters them, leaving them resentful, discouraged, cynical; or else it ennobles them, leaving them humbler, kinder, with a deeper spiritual insight and a firmer trust in God? Is not the difference inside the person themselves?