Suffering Much

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus refers to God with endearing words like, “Abba, Father.” Considering all that he is about to face. How much love would you have for someone that allows you to suffer. Think about it with me for a moment.  Jesus was about to:

Get beat within an inch of His life.
Have thorns jammed into His skull.
Have the flesh ripped off His back.
Nails driven through His body.
And bear the wrath of His Father.

Can you imagine a father who’s child falls into a pool, yet just stands and watches his son die instead of tossing him a life preserver. This doesn’t sound like love. This doesn’t sound like a protective person you want to call, ‘Father.’ So why does He?

Could it be that Jesus knows God better than us? Jesus grasps something we could benefit from if we want to make it through difficult times filled with heart ache and pain. It might even be something I can benefit from as a parent as well.

It’s simply this. God wants to be a source of protection for you but He will never overprotect. Fathers or parents who are overprotective may succeed at keeping there children from harm. However, as a result, their children run the risk of being unprepared for the difficulties that life so often bring. Ultimately stunting the growth of their character.

Every parent knows that pain is inevitable. It’s the fertile soil that the seed of anything good and lasting develops and grows.

God may not cause the pain in your life but He can defiantly use it to serve a purpose. That’s why:

-He allowed Joseph to spend over 13 years in slavery and prison so He could save a nation and His people.
-He allowed the early church to be persecuted so the gospel would spread outside Jerusalem.
-He allowed Jesus to go to the cross and SUFFER for OUR salvation.

God is most interested in preserving HIS PURPOSES than He is in protecting you from pain.

That’s what made Jesus be able to say, “Not my will, but yours be done” in His darkest moment. And it’s what makes you able to say it in yours as well.