Sleeping Again?

Have you ever been in a tough spot? Have you had friends who said they would be with you every step of the way? Have you been frustrated or disappointed when they didn’t do what needed to be done to support you?

Live long enough and we find ourselves in a tough spot. There will be a time when we need the support of close friends and family. It can be very frustrating when they fail to support us. We feel abandoned, all alone on an island, facing our struggles by ourselves.

It can also be extremely disappointing. In fact, the disappoint can be so deep that it causes depression to set in. Our souls can experience deep sorrow. We can begin to think there is no one in the world who cares about us. The spiral downward can continue a long way down.

Perhaps that is how Jesus felt in the Garden of Gethsemane when He went to pray on the night He was betrayed. His disciples were with Him. He chose three of them to go a little further with Him. He then told them to stay put and keep watch while He went just a few steps deeper into the garden to pray. He prays for a while and comes back to find them sleeping.

Imagine how Jesus felt when He found them sleeping each time He returned to them. How would you feel? He had told them to keep watch. He knew He was about to be betrayed. He likely wanted His disciples to sound the alarm when the soldiers came. Instead, it is He who must tell them the time had come.

I believe He is still frustrated and disappointed when we do not spend time with Him. We go to sleep. We chase foolish objectives. We fail to keep watch with Him. We let our guard down and fall prey to Satan’s schemes. We may not even care enough to better understand and follow His commands for a better life.

I pray we all commit to spending quality time with Jesus. I pray we seek to understand His commands. I pray each one of us keep watch over our lives along with Jesus. Commit to Jesus. Commit to spend more time with Him. Commit to understand His commands. Commit to follow His commands. Dedicate yourself to a better life in Jesus.

Mark 14:37-38 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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