Luke 22:42 ”Father,” he said, “if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done.”
This is one of the most colorful verses in the Bible that tells us how we should treat every hardship we encounter in our lives. When Jesus became like a human being and appeared in human likeness, He humbled Himself and walked obediently to perform all His tasks.
And since He was in the flesh, He did not exempt Himself to experience every painful thing that a human being should feel. He, too, felt and experienced all these hardships. Like everyone else does.
Php 2:5 The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: Php 2:6 He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Php 2:7 Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. Php 2:8 He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death— his death on the cross.
Jesus showed in the verse above that as a human being we tend to escape every bit of painful tasks and things we experience in life. We usually hate them to happen to us. What we love is to have a worry free life.
As a servant of God, this is is not we will always have in life. Difficult things are bound to happen to us. We have to overcome those obstacles. Its like we are on an obstacle race and we have to jump over those hurdles and finish the race and reach the end line.
And if Jesus enabled Himself to feel every painful thing that is bound to happen to us, then we should let also these things to happen to us. All we have to do is to let it happen, accept it and face all of it. We have to be brave to face everything.
The moment we escape these things, it is very clear that we are not adhering to the Holy will of God. Is God’s will to let sufferings happen to us? The Bible answers, 2Co 1:5 Just as we have a share in Christ’s many sufferings, so also through Christ we share in God’s great help. 2Co 1:6 If we suffer, it is for your help and salvation; if we are helped, then you too are helped and given the strength to endure with patience the same sufferings that we also endure.
The sufferings make us strong and bear patience and endure everything. Entering the Lord’s kingdom in heaven is not an easy task. There is no rosy road going to heaven.
If it is God’s will to let us experience sufferings, hardships and travail, don’t hate God. We have to endure everything in His glory, in His name. His will must be done, just like Jesus said. No one shall enter the kingdom of heaven without following the will of the Father.
Mat 7:21 ”Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.