The word Gethsemane means “the place of crushed olives.” And from crushed olives comes oil. In the Bible, many of the references to oil refer to healing. We all need our Gethsemane. While in Gethsemane the night before going to the cross, Jesus said, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me? Yet not my will, but yours.”

You don’t have to live very long to understand that life can become overwhelming and confusing at times. And even if things are going well for you right now you don’t have to watch the news on TV but for a couple of minutes to see the lack of peace that surrounds us. When you are overwhelmed, what do you do? It’s at those times we must find our Gethsemane. It’s in Gethsemane where God will bring peace, healing, clarity, and confidence to walk out His plan. God understands how we feel and has no issue with us expressing our hurts, our fears, and confusion.┬áIt’s during this time of transparency with God that He will ensure us of His willingness to heal us of the hurts and pains of life. It’s at Gethsemane that He will reveal His plan and give His grace for us to walk it out.

The Apostle Paul said, “for when I am weak, then I am made strong”(2 Corinthians 12:10). It is always at this place of being honest with ourselves and God that He reveals Himself as the “All-Sufficient One”. We need to find our Gethsemane, the place of being alone with God. Because what happens to us when we bypass God is that we then try to get from others that which we can only get from God. And the failure of many relationships occurs when placing unrealistic expectations on others. We need to understand that those closest to us cannot pour out the oil and answer the longings of our heart. Like Jesus, it’s at the place of Gethsemane you pray alone and when necessary you go on alone through the grace of God to fulfill His plan.

Luke tells us that in Gethsemane, Jesus was “full of pain” and that “His sweat was like drops of blood”(Luke 22:44). Jesus was in great anguish. But at Gethsemane, He found the peace and strength He needed to go on and carry out the Father’s plan. Like Christ, we too need our Gethsemane.

Today if you find yourself anxious, confused, hurt or in fear, I encourage you to find your Gethsemane. Get alone and get real with God. He will bring the healing, the answers and the reassurance of His ever-present help. He promised Jeremiah “I am with you” (Jeremiah 1:8).  Jesus assures us “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). God guarantees us “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). In this world where there is a lack of peace, He is always our source of peace (Isaiah 9:6).

My prayer for you today is that you will find that place of peace in your Gethsemane.

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”