Taking Matters into Our Own Hands
Daily Bible Reading – John 15-18
Today’s Key Passage – John 18:1-14
Imagine for a second that you are Peter. You have spent quite a while following Jesus. You are friends, and you love Him dearly. All of a sudden, men have come to arrest your friend and take him off to an almost certain death. What do you do? Do you simply stand by and allow this to happen, or do you try to take matters into your own hands and stop this atrocity? Peter did the only thing he could think of to try to stop Jesus from being arrested and killed – he drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus. Peter was ready to do battle right there in the garden to save Jesus’ life. While this may sound courageous or even heroic, there is a problem. His actions were not in line with God’s will. God’s will was for Jesus to be arrested, crucified, and resurrected to save the entire world. Jesus knew the plan, and immediately stopped Peter. In addition, we see in Luke’s account that Jesus also healed Malchus’ ear, thus undoing the damage Peter had done by stepping in.
There are many times when we feel tempted to try to step in and help God. It can be tempting to take matters into our own hands and try to force the issue, especially if we perceive that God is not taking any action on His own. Of course, just like in Peter’s case, most of the time trying to step in for God leads to sin. We must trust God to work out His plan in His own way. As I have said in the past, God does not need our help. He knows what He is doing, even when we are unable to figure it all out. When we try to step in and force the issue, we only make things worse, and often we simply create more work for God to have to clean up. Trust that He knows what He is doing. Trust that His plan is working in your life. Instead of trying to lead, when it comes to God’s will our best course of action is to follow Him.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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