February 18 The Initiative Against
“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. The sense of the
irreparable is apt to make us despair, and we say – “It is all up now, it is no
use trying any more.” If we imagine that this kind of despair is exceptional,
we are mistaken, it is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize
that we have not done that which we had a magnificent opportunity of doing,
then we are apt to sink into despair; and Jesus Christ comes and says – “Sleep
on now, that opportunity is lost for ever, 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 irresistible future with Him.
There are experiences like this in each of our lives. We are in despair,
the despair that comes from actualities, 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 came with a
spiritual initiative against their despair and said – “Arise and do the next
thing.” If we are inspired of God, what is the next thing? To trust Him
absolutely and to pray on the ground of His Redemption.
Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.