Day 272 –
Trust the cupbearer even if He doesn’t take the bitter cup away.
Mark 14:34-36 “And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
In the early days every King had a cupbearer. The cupbearer’s job was to try everything the King was given to eat or drink making sure it wasn’t contaminated. If the food or drink wasn’t up to the King’s standards the cupbearer would take the cup back with him.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples He fell on His knees in prayer asking God to take this cup from Him. Jesus cup was filled with death, torture, and crucifixion. He just knew that there had to be a better way for salvation for the world, but He also knew His Father in Heaven knew better.
In the end, God’s Will prevailed. Jesus’ sacrificed His life for our sins allowing us to see and experience the love God has for us. His crucifixion, mockery, and abuse allowed Him to relate with our life on this earth.
For the past few years I’ve been dealing with horrible stomach issues. It’s been intensified as a result of stress and anxiety. Some of the stress was brought on from my normal life experiences, some from the death of my son. Often I’ve prayed that this diagnosed stomach issue would go away, but more so that the stress and anxiety that causes it would go away.
But just like during the time period of my greatest loss, our financial struggles, my abuse…..I’ve trusted the Lord’s Sovereignty.
My mind has definitely come up with other ideas to get through these issues, but His Will and plan are so much greater than my plans.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
It’s time we trust the cupbearer even when he doesn’t take the cup. He knows what’s in the cup and that it is for our good and so much greater than we’d ever expected.