• Erica Hackett


In Matthew 26:36, Jesus went into the olive grove called Gethsemane to pray. He called out to the Lord, “My father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” This verse in the Bible shows us that Jesus was in great anguish over what God had called him to do which was experience the physical pain of his upcoming crucifixion, be separated from the Father and die for the sins of the world.

Jesus wrestled with the idea of doing God’s will versus doing what he wanted to do. Matthew 26: 37-38 says, “He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” Jesus was suffering just thinking about what he would have to do, but in the end, He trusted His Father and did God’s will. Amen! Jesus deserves all of the praise and the glory for that! Can you imagine what would have been if Jesus had decided not to follow through with God’s orders? I don’t know about you, but I don’t even want to think about it.

There are times when God calls us to do things and we wrestle with the same things as Jesus did. Although God had set the course for what would have to be done, Jesus still struggled within his human nature as we do. The Holy Spirit is living on the inside of us telling us what needs to be done, but our flesh tells us something different. This is the reason why we should call on God for His continuous strength and His help as Jesus did when we become unsure or we become afraid to do what God has assigned us to do. The strength that Jesus received to obey God’s command came from his relationship with God, the Father, who is also our strength when we struggle with obeying God. Be blessed!