What’s in your cup?
Has the Lord handed you a cup? No, not a literal cup. But one the Father has filled just for you?
Maybe your cup at the moment is filled with testings and hardships. Or maybe it’s heartaches and griefs. Then again, maybe it’s an assignment or a calling.
Is there some task or will of the Lord He has asked you to do that you’ve put on the back burner, contemplating it, or hidden away in the closet, ignoring it?
Has He said to…
*give some money to someone?
*be kind to an elderly neighbor?
*give up something precious to you?
*move to another state for a different job?
*leave all to go halfway around the world to be a missionary?
More than likely, your cup requires obedience. Most of them do.
In the Garden of Gethsemane on that fateful night, the soldiers came to arrest Jesus at the insistence of Judas, but Peter would have none of it. He raised his sword and lowered it onto Malchus’ (the high priest’s servant’s) ear.
But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11 Phillips) Another version of the last part of the verse says, “Do you really think I will avoid the suffering which my Father has assigned to me?” (John 18:11b TPT)
Do we avoid suffering that we know might accompany some assigned task? One that may make us go out of our way to be of help or cause us to step out of our comfort zone?
If Jesus was willing to drink of His cup of bitterness, “an infusion of the wormwood and the gall, the cup of trembling, a bloody cup, the dregs of the cup of the Lord’s wrath…He drank it, that he might put into our hands the cup of salvation, the cup of consolation, the cup of blessing; and therefore he is willing to drink it, because his Father put it into his hand. If his Father will have it so, it is for the best, and be it so.” *
Though a cup of suffering was given to Jesus, He submitted to His Father’s will. And we were the benefactors.
Is our cup one we’d rather not drink from? Are there benefactors waiting for our obedience?
Whatever the Lord’s cup, in the light of the Father’s will, perfect obedience drinks it up.
Its taste may be bitter; its affects may be unpleasant. Then again, its taste may be as honey; its affects as the joy of wedding wine.
But when obedience drinks of this cup, such a delicate, divine, effervescent drink can never be duplicated.
Obedience is the greatest cup from which we can ever drink. Be willing to drink it.
If the Father will have it so, it is for the best. So be it.
What’s in your cup? Shall you not drink it?
May your cup overflow with blessings of obedience…Lynn
*Matthew Henry’s Commentary