Victory and The Lonely Struggle

“And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Luke 22:44 ESV

The greatest victories are often won during times of lonely struggle. Jesus defeated darkness through a perfectly selfless life, mostly lived in obscurity. In his greatest trial following the last supper, no one this side of heaven could have discerned the victory he was obtaining while sweating great drops of blood alone in the garden. Our most noble struggles will always be the ones few ever witness. 

Our daily striving to seek God and give him first place on our hearts does not win us accolades or attention from men. Thankfully we are working to please a different audience, an audience of one. 

Our Heavenly Father never watches our lonely struggle from a distance as it sometimes feels. His heart is far too bound up with us for him to be indifferent to our pain. Jesus was left without earthly support that night in the garden but he was not alone. His father stood close by suffering alongside his son, wishing to lift the burden, but for our sake allowing it to ultimately take the life of his dear son. 

God similarly stands close to each of us, ready to help and strengthen us to hold on and keep reaching out in faith. May this knowledge strengthen us to endure the lonely struggle and realize that contrary to feelings we too are gaining the victory.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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