Daily Devotion, 01/02/18, “Journey Together”
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Mark 14:32-34 NLT
I had a conversation with a good friend yesterday about an acquaintance of theirs who was going through a difficult season that involved abuse and divorce. Part of my friend’s wise counsel to them was that they connect with a church family. He told them that it wasn’t enough to just go to church, they needed to build solid relationships with a small group of people within the church who could be there for them. My friend understands that life is a journey filled with multiple highs and lows. We need others and others need us, especially in the difficult seasons.
Jesus modeled this for us. As He faced His darkest hours leading up the cross, He retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He left most of His disciples in the outer area but He took His three closest friends into the inner place with Him. “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” The King of Kings, God in the flesh, the Alpha and Omega asked for the support of a few close friends in His time of struggle. This was not a lack of faith or a sign of weakness but a demonstration of great wisdom and humility. We were designed to live in community and to share the journey with others. To do life alone is both foolish and prideful.
So what are you facing alone these days? God gave you other people to multiply your joy and divide your sorrow. You need their support, encouragement, counsel and prayers but mostly you need their company. Hopefully you won’t face a Gethsemane kind of experience anytime soon but when you do, do what Jesus did and take a friend or two with you. If you don’t have friends like that, make building those kinds of relationships a priority this year. Like God told Adam in his garden, “It’s not good to be alone.” You are loved!
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