Silence and Sincerity
“Then Jesus came with (His disciples) to a place called Gethsemane…He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”-Matthew 26:36 and 39(NASB)
I have been off the blogging and YouTube grid this week for a specific purpose, silence and sincerity.
Now, I didn’t cut off all of social media or phone use, but I didn’t focus on writing or coming up with something to say in my videos so I could focus on God’s voice.
My wife and I went away this week. My amazing mother in-law came to stay with our kids and we were able to go on trip to seek wisdom and discernment in life direction.
We were in Connecticut and sat in a wooded space, watching leaves of all different colors fall to the ground around us. We watched clouds float above us and witnessed wildlife frolicking through the forest, bouncing from tree to tree.
It was beautiful.
We sat and prayed together and listened for direction. We both heard, “Let Go. Trust. Trust. Trust. Trust God.” We have been holding ourselves in safety and comfortability and have hindered God from moving the way He needed to.
It brought me back to Jesus in the garden before He would be arrested. He went away to pray and seek His Father for strength and help. He even asked if the pain could be taken away if He saw fit, but He also said, “Let your will be done.”
Christ was not hindering God’s work because He was God in the flesh, but His humanity was flowing out when He asked for “the cup to be taken away.”
He sought God with sincerity, but in silence.
He had to listen. He had to seek wisdom. He had to discern the right direction. He had to be strengthened to face the wrath that would be placed upon Him on our behalf. It is a bittersweet scene in scripture.
This is where you and I need to be. Granted, not to the extreme level of Jesus, or maybe we should? Maybe we should be so distressed that we are seeking wisdom from God in our struggle.
We will have to die to ourselves. We will have to sacrifice our desires. We will have to step aside and follow our Father’s lead.
When we seek Him in the silence, we will hear His voice and/or feel His strengthening in us.
When we seek Him with sincerity, His response will be sincere and helpful. He will lead us to uncomfortable places, but in the end, it is all for His glory.
May we find ways to step into the silence to listen. May we let go of ourselves and sincerely seek His gudiance. May we trust Him every step of the way in our journey.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: Do you find time to get away? If so, where and how? If not, will you try?