Fresh Hope – 23rd May 2020


I am a firm believer in trust. I’m a firm believer in faith. I’m a firm believer in not doubting. My Bible tells me. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11 vs 6) I’d like to say, I never doubt and I never waiver in my faith. 

So… let’s be honest, sometimes when we do have doubts or questions, we wonder why? And then feel ‘bad’ or ‘guilty’ for doubting.

 I was reminded this week about Jesus. In Luke 22 vs 39-44, just before He went to the cross, Jesus took Himself away to a solitary place and He asked His Father this…“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” He was saying, “if there’s any other way” – in other words, “do I really have to die on a cross, the cruelest of deaths? Is this really Your will God?”

He was scared, He had doubts, fears even. We know that, because it goes on to say that He was anxious, so anxious that he sweat blood. (Vs 44) Now, I know He was going to the cross, something too hard to even begin to imagine (it makes our troubles seem like nothing) but if Jesus had a momentary lapse of faith, then how much more are you and I going to?

He addressed His concern to the Father. It says an angel ‘strengthened’ Him (vs 43) then He went on to pray some more. 
I think we all beat ourselves up if we doubt or get concerned or ask “why” questions. Don’t, it’s part of human life and we are indeed human. I am not perfect and neither are you. 
I love what Jesus says in full in vs 42 “…yet not my will, but Yours be done.”
Let’s get to that place of saying “okay God, I trust You, let Your will be done in my life.”

If you have concerns or questions, address them to the Father – just like Jesus Himself did. Get into His presence, because it is there He will surely help and encourage you. It is there you will find His peace. It is there in times of uncertainty, that you will receive strength. 

Pastor Gillian

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