A Tough Week

One of the joys of being in the family of God is experiencing the genuine concern people have for you.  I am asked weekly, “How has your week gone?”  It’s amazing to me how people really want to know.

So let me ask you, “How has your week gone?”  Since I am writing and will not hear your response, I am going to anticipate how many of you will respond.  I suspect that 70% will respond by saying. “Its been a tough week.”  I never ceased to be amazed at all the tough things people face.  For example, along with a brother in our church, I visited a middle aged couple who joined our church Sunday.  As we sat on their couch and listened to their story, it was apparent they were going through a tough time with the wife facing great physical difficulties.  The toughest part of their struggle was simply, things were out of their control.

Wow, lets be honest, the toughest part of every week are those moments when things are beyond our control.  Without a doubt some who read today find themselves in this place.

Today’s readings are from the book of Matthew, chapters 21-28.  Since this is the week leading up to Easter, I felt led to leave my reading schedule and spend the next four days reading the gospel accounts of the ministry of Christ beginning with the Triumphant Entry and climaxing with His resurrection and ascension.

Very quickly the Lord pricked my heart and reminded me, “Jesus was having a tough week.”  I thought about my week and I thought about the week other followers of Christ were having, including a brother who has lost his wife after forty-plus years of marriage. I realized our tough week’s doesn’t compare to His.  And then I was reminded that His tough week was because of my sin and because He was taking the punishment of my sin upon Himself.  I paused and praised the Lord for having a tough week on my behalf.

Then I came to chapter 26.  You remember the passage?  Jesus is in the Garden called Gethsemane.  His prayer to the Father gives us the key to getting through tough weeks.  Three times Jesus prayed, “Not as I will, but as you will,”26:39.  Jesus trusted His week into the hands of His Father.

If you and I are going to be successful with our tough week.  And be assured we have many of them in life.  We must trust our lives totally into the hands of  loving Father who knows what we need to conform our lives to Him.  Oh how I pray that you can come to a place where you trust every moment of every week into the hands of our Sovereign Lord!

I leave you with the sweet words of Jesus, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing you will receive,” Matthew 21:22.

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