If I can live without God some of the time, then I can live without Him all of the time: Therefore, I don’t need Him. That is the definition of pride. If I don’t need God, then I am my own God.
Your cross is not your sacrifice. Jesus was crucified ON a cross. Therefore, to take up your cross is to be ready for the world to crucify you for the sake of the gospel. Taking up my cross is the willingness to be rejected by the world.
…they had only ever seen Jesus as a prophet: a great prophet who could help them, but ONLY a prophet. They never recognized Jesus as The Messiah, their Messiah: they had mistaken His identity.
Whatever the reason that we find ourselves in the wilderness facing (what seems like) certain death, KNOW this: The LORD hears your cry for help!