God’s Grace in Trials

Luke 22:42-44
“Father, if it is your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, your will must be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 So he prayed very hard in anguish. His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.

When we think about “My [God’s] grace is sufficient for you” in trials, we may think that His grace should give us peace or take away the suffering. But I think that I need to realize that even as bad as things get, it would be even worse without God’s grace. Or maybe it’s just as bad, but God keeps us faithful (Ps 55:22, 1 Cor 1:8). We may not know what God is doing in secret, but we need to know by faith that He is doing something good for us, even if we don’t feel or notice anything.

When the angel was sent to Jesus, He was still suffering and would suffer the worst kind of suffering after that. But Jesus was still strengthened in some way. This is just something I thought about while reading that chapter in Luke.

“But what kept me going more than anything else was my confidence in the character of God.”

–Ravi Zacharias quoting Charles Cooper in Cries of the Heart

2 Responses to “God’s Grace in Trials”


  1. 1 Dave Moser

    Jeff,
    In the past three months my wife and I had the death of a close family member, two foster children (we’re first-time parents) and associated sleeplessness, two car accidents, the foster children being separated and two mystery illnesses.

    People have asked us how we are holding together. Our only answer has been that it is good to have a big God. If I didn’t believe in God’s sovereignty and goodness I’d be a mess right now.

    It is joy to see your convictions about God proved true. Joy. I wouldn’t give up the past few months for anything!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Wow. I think I’d be a mess but less so with God. I can’t imagine that. But I also can’t imagine going through it without God. Sounds like God has gotten you to a good point if you wouldn’t give it up.
    Jeff

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