He who made compensation for the sins of mankind, submitted himself in a garden of suffering, to the will of God, from which man had revolted in a garden of pleasure. ” How is it that you three were not able to keep watch me for even one hour? ” – Matthew 26: 40.
According to this example of Christ, we must drink of the bitterest cup which God puts into our hands.Psalms 75: 8 ” The Lord holds a cup in his hand, filled with the strong wine of his anger. He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it; they drink it down to the last drop. ” Though nature struggle, it must submit. It should be more our cares to get troubles sanctified, and our hearts satisfied under them, than to get them taken away. It is well for us that our Salvation is in hand of one who neither slumbers nor sleeps. All are tempted, but we should be much afraid of entering into temptation. To be secured from this, we should watch and pray, and continually look unto the Lord to hold us up that we may be safe.
The simple law, that extraordinary tension raises the highly developed spiritual life, while is astonishes the less cultivated, finds here it strongest illustration in the almost absolute contrast of spiritual watchfulness and sleep.