08 Escape or fulfillment

Encouragement for difficult days (8):

When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter tried to defend Him with a sword. Jesus rebuked Jesus and said “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53)
In this statement, Jesus is telling us that there are two ways to face the crises of life – escape or fulfillment.
Which of these approaches do we follow?

Peter tried to escape, reaching for his sword to try to defend Jesus. Jesus, on the other hand, did not plan to escape. He had come to die on the cross to fulfill the Scriptures. Now, every life has it’s Gethsemane experiences. There are those hours when the forces of evil seem to swoop down upon us and capture us. All our plans fall apart. In those crisis hours of life just keep in mind what Jesus did – He surrendered and permitted His Father to work out His plan.

God has a definite plan for our lives. Paul says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. “ If you are yielded to Christ, your life is not a series of accidents, it is a series of appointments.

That God has a plan for you is vitally important. If God doesn’t have a plan, then life has no meaning, suffering is vain, and sacrifice is meaningless. But there is a divine plan. Again, Paul says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) God always has a purpose.

Escape might seem the easy way out sometimes, but ultimately it becomes the hard way. We become like the person who didn’t want to go to the doctor because he was afraid he might need an operation, and when he finally came to the hospital, it was too late, and his life could not be saved. The crisis experience of life are sometimes like surgery – they hurt us, but they don’t harm us. The process might be painful, but the result is joyful. Remember that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).


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