June 3, 2020

Matthew 26:36-38

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

 

Many of us have never lived during a time when emotions have run so high. Fear, anxiety and anger abound this week as we fight through a pandemic, financial concerns and now flaring social unrest and rioting. At this point, I’d be surprised if someone wasn’t feeling strong emotions! 

The word “emotion” literally comes from the Latin words “to move,” and this week we’re looking at where our emotions take us. In an ideal world we take our feelings immediately before our Heavenly Father, but often we are slow to go to Him. Or, perhaps the idea of “Going to God” just feels too much like a pat answer today because “Hey, I went to Him yesterday and it sure didn’t seem to help!”

God gave Jesus twelve disciples to walk alongside Him in life, and God has given you and me many brothers and sisters to walk along with us. And just as Jesus had an “inner circle” of his closest three disciples (Peter, John and James), so too God intends each of us to have closer relationships—those whom we go to in our toughest times and to whom we can admit how we truly feel. Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane is deeply moving for many reasons, but one certainly is Jesus’ desire to have his closest friends with Him in His darkest hour. 

Do you honestly share your feelings with your closest friends and family, or do you tend to keep people at arm’s length when it comes to your real emotions? Are there people in your life who would accompany you into your version of the “Garden of Gethsemane”? Or is God stirring in you today the need to build or rekindle a close relationship? Ask God what He might reveal to you about this today.

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