REMOVE THIS CUP FROM US
Someone asked a question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It is a probing question. We know that it rains on the just, as well as the unjust. None of us are free from suffering. When we suffer we ask God to “Please remove this cup from us.” Suffering, itself, is painful. We are called by God to suffer for the sake of Christ. But let me be clear: Some of the suffering we go through is because we have brought
it on ourselves. On the other hand, when we walk with Christ, and seek to serve Him, we will also suffer. We know this to be true because the Lord himself suffered on our behalf. In Mark chapter 14:36, we find these words:
Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take
this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.
Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He told Peter, James, and John, who were with him, that He was deeply troubled. He asked them to stay and keep watch while He prayed. Jesus went further into the garden, falling to the ground, praying, and crying out to His Father, “If it’s possible, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done.” Jesus wanted God’s will to be done in His life. And so it is with us. We ask God to remove this cup from us, but there are times when the cup will not be removed, but He will bless us to endure the suffering and pain. Prayerfully, whenever we have challenging times, or we experience pain in our lives, we will all remember to say, “Not my will but Thy will be done.”