27/11/11 Psalm 125; Matthew 26-27
S: Matthew 26:36-39 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed.
He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
O: People often say that if you're in the will of God, you will "have peace". Jesus was definitely very much well in the Will of God when this incident happened. This was the Purpose for which He was sent. Yet, Jesus definitely did not "have peace".
"Having peace" is not a guarantee that you're in the will of God. "Not having peace" doesn't mean you're out of the will of God. The Word of God is the only sure guide to whether you're in the will of God or not.
A: We have to apply the brain that God has given us to learning the Word of God and applying it. Feelings of "peace" are no substitute.
P: Father, we trust Your Word. Help us to learn Your Word well so that we will know how to distinguish between feelings and Your Will. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)