Daily Word of God

November 11

Watch With Me

Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” — Matt 26:38 NET

This request shows the humanness of our Lord. As He entered the darkness He craved sympathy. He wanted His dearest friends near to Him. It was not because of anything they could really do to help Him. They could not lighten the awful load by so much as a feather’s weight. They could not in any way share the burden. But their presence would make Him stronger to endure. The consciousness of tender love close beside Him would sustain Him in the fearful anguish.

We all understand this from personal experience. A little child’s terror in the darkness is instantly soothed by a word from the mother or by her touch. A sufferer can endure his pain better if a friend sits beside him and holds his hand. We all crave companionship in life’s great trials. These are hints of our Lord’s feeling and desire that night when He asked His three best beloved disciples to accompany Him, and begged them to watch with Him while He entered into His agony.

Jesus no more suffers in any Gethsemane, yet He still calls us to watch with Him. Many of His people suffer, and He would have us come up close beside them and by loving sympathy and tenderness sustain and strengthen them. He who thus watches with one of the least of Christ’s brethren in time of pain or sorrow, watches with Christ Himself.

We can also watch with Christ by being loyal and devoted to Him in every dark hour when His cause languishes, and when many are proving recreant and untrue. The time to be faithful to one’s friend is when the popular clamour is against him. Our loyalty to Christ, in like manner, should be most emphatic when His enemies are most active and when His friends are fewest. He wants us then to be true. He wants us to keep near Him. Surely we should never pain Him by coldness or want of interest.

Daily Word of God - November 11

Public domain content taken from Come Ye Apart by J.R. Miller.