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He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” (Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.) When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
In God We Trust
Christians are constantly faced with this choice: in what or in whom will we put our trust? And even though some folks make it sound like an easy and obvious decision, more often than not they’re actions show just how challenging it is to make and to keep. For example, it’s incredibly easy to put our trust in ourselves, you know, in our interests and desires. Of course, we may try to pay lip-service to God, saying that he’s the only one we can truly trust. Still our actions don’t jive with our words, because rather than waiting to see how things work themselves out, we impulsively take the bull by the horns and do what we think should be done. Like the apostle who used his sword to strike the slave of the high priest, we act. Sadly, through that action, often we make a bad situation worse. And even if we cloak this action with verbal claims that we’re only doing what Jesus would have done, something that reflects wishful thinking at best, our focus is still on self and our interests and our desire. In other words, we’re trusting in self rather than in God.
And for that reason, it may be important for us to focus intentionally our trust on and in God. And to do that, well, we have a great example. You see, just like Jesus was willing to look past his own desire as he prayed on the Mount of Olives, we can put our thoughts and opinions aside, at least for a little while. And then we can listen for that often quiet voice of God directing our actions. And even though we might still misinterpret God’s will and end up moving in a direction that we’ve chosen, at least we’re making a genuine effort to show ourselves and others that in God we trust.