THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
I recently asked a friend, "Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?"
"Yes, he wants to be a garbage collector," my friend replied.
I had to think about that one for a moment!
"That's a rather strange ambition to have for a career." I finally managed to reply.
"Well," said the boy's father, "he thinks that garbage collectors only work on Tuesdays!"
2 Sam 15:23
And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
When David was running from his rebellious son, Absalom, he stood on the Jerusalem side
of this brook Kidron, and wept loudly.
When Jesus crossed this brook, He was going to the garden to be arrested, put on mock trial, and crucified.
Crossing this brook is associated with sorrow and suffering.
David, the “man after God’s own heart,” though he was a king, faced suffering.
Jesus, the Son of God, faced suffering.
God had only one Son without sin.
But God has no sons who are exempt from suffering!
Sorrows and sufferings are to be avoided if possible.
But, when it is not possible, they are to be ENDURED.
We endure them best when we follow the example of our Lord.
PRAY, and STAND!