“Rise, let us be going…” – Matthew 26:46
The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair in them.
When we feel something is beyond repair it can cause us to despair, and we say, “It’s all over now, there’s no use trying any more.” If we think that this kind of despair is rare, we’re mistaken, it’s a very common human experience.
Whenever we realize that we’ve missed out on a magnificent opportunity Jesus Christ comes and says, “That opportunity is lost forever, you cannot alter it, but arise and go to the next thing.” Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the future with Him.
There are experiences like this in each of our lives. We find ourselves in despair and we cannot lift ourselves out of it. The disciples in this instance had done a downright unforgivable thing — they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus, but He said to them “Arise and do the next thing.”
If we’re Christians, what is the next thing? It’s to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the ground of His Redemption. Never let the sense of failure keep you from moving forward with Christ.
– Oswald Chambers