“Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there”….[Jesus] went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed… Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed… And [Jesus] came once more and found them asleep, for their eyes were heavy. So Jesus left them, went away again, and prayed the third time… Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”” Matthew 26:36-46
In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake and prayed with Jesus prior to his death on the cross. Once they realized what they had done, despair hit their lives and they were deeply troubled because there was no do-over’s.
The sense of having done something that is irreversible tends to make us despair, just like the disciples. We declare, “Well, I already messed it up; what’s the point in trying anymore?” In truth, this kind of despair tends to be a normal human response. In fact, there are many times we mess up and then sink in despair, myself included! But Jesus comes to us and lovingly speaks, “Don’t worry, that opportunity has passed away and you can’t change it. But rise up and let’s get going, let’s move on into the future.”
It’s time to rise up and move on! Stop allowing those past failures to rule your life. No, never let the sense of past failures defeat your next step! God is with you, guiding you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you; and even though we faultier at times, he is there to carry you through.
Now does that give us an excuse to sin repeatedly, No! But when we do, he forgives us. However we must do our best to try, try again, and not condemn ourselves when we do fall short.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17
Rise up and let’s get going!!