…the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Matthew 26:45-46
What a mighty warrior King! When Jesus was faced with the most devastating of circumstances He didn’t say “Rise, lets run!!” no, He said, “Rise, let us go!” we have a mission to accomplish. Later in John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” This cup of suffering is the same one Jesus had just finished praying over before saying, “Rise, let us go!”. Jesus had prayed that if there be any other way to win salvation for the world than through His sacrifice on the cross let it be, but the answer was no, the cross was the only way, so Jesus rose to the occasion for our sake. Gal. 2:20 …the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.
Have you been faced with a situation in which your confidence has been shaken?
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:35-39
Jesus has been there, felt shaken, but took up God-confidence. He urges us to do the same! When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold it’s pillars firm. Psalm 75:3
Maybe you are like me and cry out, “but Lord I can’t see the next step, the game plan!!!!”, like the Psalmist in 77:19, Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.
Might we can get so busy looking down for footprints asking ourselves, “How did God do it last time?” or, “How did He work for someone else?”, when God actually wants to do a new thing in a whole new way with you! He wants to reveal more of who He wants to be to you in the next step, rather than the actual next step itself; so that no matter what the next step holds, you will trust Him to hold you.
Lift your eyes up to Him, take up God-confidence, and be ready to follow when you here Him say, “Rise, let us go!”.
Independent read: Isaiah 43:19, Matthew 28:20, 2 Timothy 1:7