Have you ever heard of “Hematohidrosis?” I’m going to venture to say that you most likely have never heard that term before. Hematohidrosis is a very rare occurrence in which extreme stress can cause your blood vessels around your sweat glands to constrict. In fact your blood vessels can constrict to the point that they can dilate and rupture. This can cause blood to be released from your body through the sweat glands. So why have I given you this medical lecture?
The night before Jesus was brutally killed he went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was in great agony because he knew that he was only moments away from being tortured and hung on a cross to die. Did you know that Jesus did not want to die? He was afraid. He was scared to go through all the pain that He knew He would endure. He asked God to save Him from that dreadful hour when He said “Father if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” You have to remember that He was fully God but at the same time fully human. He was so afraid in fact that the Hematohidrosis took effect in His body.
Have you ever been in great agony or stressed to the point that you experienced Hematohidrosis? Probably not. Jesus could have easily said I’m not going to do this. I will not let them take Me. But he did not do that. Look what He said; “Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” He wanted to do the will of His father even if it cost Him great agony and death. Jesus went on to fulfill God’s will even though it meant laying down His life.
How many times have you danced around God’s will in your life? How many times did you recognize God’s will in your life but did the exact opposite of what He would have you do? I am guilty of it several times over. How do you know what God’s will for you is? Its very easy. He left a whole book called the bible that outlines His will for you. God’s will is for you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. His will is for you to worship the Lord your God and have no other gods before Him. His will is for you to pray without ceasing and love one another. To tell others about Him and His saving grace. Help others in need and to not quarrel with the world. His greatest will for you is to ultimately reside in heaven with Him in eternity with the one who sweat drops of blood on the ground for you.
God’s will for you may seem scary at times but there is a reason for it. He always make things work for the good to those who love Him. Look at what Jesus’ death on the cross has done. By accomplishing God’s will He has saved the whole world. He is ruler over all things and sits at the right hand of God for all eternity. There is great reward in following God’s will. Though you may not be able to see it at the time, He is trying to accomplish something great for you. The cup of suffering was Gods will for Jesus and he drank it. Will you drink from the cup that God gives you? The next time you encounter a situation that you know is Gods will for you then tell yourself; I will follow His will.
Verse of the day:
30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit. (John 19:30)
Challenge of the day:
Today I challenge you to find out what God’s will for your life is. Read Matthew chapters 5-7 in the bible. These chapter gives an excellent example of God’s will in all of our lives and in many cases the rewards that you will reap for following His will.