2 Samuel 14:26,30 and Luke 22:39,44 and 42
I was struck as I read the account of David in 1 Samuel how remarkably similar was the experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane on the very same Mount. David had been called and anointed by God and he knew that God was with him, and yet everything was conspiring against him. His own son was waring against him and sought his demise. Those closest to him had betrayed him. David wept. But on this Mount of Olives he prayed the prayer of relinquishment; ‘He can do with me whatever pleases Him’.
Many years later Jesus was in a similar position. God had called him and had blessed him in his ministry. But now those closest to him were about to betray and desert him. He was filled with grief and anguish. But Jesus prayed; not my will but yours be done.
I wonder if you have ever been called by God to do something and then experienced opposition from those who should have been supporting you? I know I have. It is a difficult thing that brings pain and doubt. But these men can encourage us, for they persevered. They did not listen to the voices without them but the calling within them, and as they prayed that prayer, Your will be done, they found the strength to go on and God richly blessed and used them. For when God calls us it is His job to use us and vindicate us.