Today’s Reading: Matthew 26
Key Verse: “Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” Matthew 26:36
What would you do if you knew what was going to happen to you tomorrow? Would seeing the future change your behaviour today? If you knew the date of your death, would it change the way you live today? Would it make you live with more urgency?
The fact is, none of us knows what tomorrow holds. Most of us know people who have been given a timeline on their life, but even this is no guarantee. There is no person in the world that knows the future. Only God does because He alone holds time in His hands. He knows the end from the beginning. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end. God is the only One who knows our future and He warns us to be prepared.
In our reading today, Jesus knows what is in store for Him. He knows that within just a few short hours, He would be beaten and bruised and hung on the cross. He knows the tremendous task that lies ahead.
Each of us has trials that are awaiting us. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that God doesn’t let us see into the future, because we couldn’t handle it. But the fact remains, that even though we don’t know what they are or when they’re coming, each of us will experience challenges in our lives. The only way for us to pass those challenges victoriously is if we wake up and get prepared.
Jesus prepared in solitude. Jesus knew that He needed to spend time alone with the Father. Each of us must spend time alone with the Lord. We often say that’s hard to do, but it’s not as hard for us as it was for Jesus. Jesus was constantly followed with crowds of people. He had to be very intentional about the way He got alone with the Father. So what’s our excuse? What is keeping us from getting alone with God this week? I’m not talking about a few seconds in the shower. I’m not talking about a few minutes in the car. I’m talking about dedicated, quiet time alone with God.
Don’t wait for the storm to come before you prepare your boat. Prepare now. Starting today to intentionally schedule a time to get alone with God. Schedule your time with Him just like you would a doctor’s or bank appointment. Even better schedule it like you are meeting a loved family one, because that is exactly what you are doing, meeting with you loving heavenly Father.