Scripture Reading: Luke 22:44
Jesus was in deep anguish. It was not because He feared death. The intense anguish was because He knew separation from God was imminent. The reality of it was insufferable, yet He was willing to die, to be separated from the One who was He. His love for us could not be stopped.
Jesus was born to die so that we can walk with Him in forgiveness and reconciliation. He was alone, so we don’t have to be. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of the Father through Jesus Christ. He promised to never leave or forsake us, to go before us and be with us. We do not have to be afraid or discouraged. (Deut. 31:8).
In August my daughter left for college. For the first time in 18 years, she is on her own. I won’t be able to hug her, eat dinner with her, cry or laugh with her, or go to church with her. The anxiety over her leaving home is in my every thought.
While this is nothing compared to the separation anxiety Jesus felt, it is certainly relevant for me. God brought me comfort, hope and peace, as I meditated on these scriptures and His own anxiety over separation. I cannot go with her to college, but I can rest in the fact that He will be there with her. She will never be alone. He will watch over her coming and going. This promise brings hope, peace, and comfort to my soul.
Prayer: “Thank you, Jesus for your promise to always be with me. When anxiety overwhelms my soul, let my thoughts be grounded in Your Word and my heart find peace in Your Presence. Amen.”
by Diane Capps
“Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”