Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands?”
Do you really believe that God can handle your situation? Then why do so many people try to develop and activate a “back up plan?” Why are you always trying to figure things out instead of listening to Him guide and direct you? Why do some try to manipulate, intervene, substitute or help out after declaring that they’ve taken all of their burdens to The Lord? Are they not leaving them there for God to resolve?
On the night of His arrest, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed, arrested and killed. But He also told them about His Resurrection, the coming of The Holy Spirit, the new intimacy they would have with God and His Second Coming.
Jesus had just spent a brief time in agonizing prayer, when soldiers led by Judas came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Just as they advanced to seize and apprehend Christ, Peter purposely thought that he had to somehow defend his Lord to prevent His arrest.
In John 18:10 -11 NIV says, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.).Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Why did Peter draw his sword in the first place? After hearing The Lord’s words, why was he trying to activate “plan B?” Didn’t Peter realize that by trying to defend or trying to rescue Jesus was to prevent the perfect will of God from occurring and keep salvation from being made available to the world? Had he not heard all of the promises and benefits that Jesus stated would happen through His death and resurrection?
The injured servant’s name was Malchus. His name is not mentioned by any of the other gospel writers, nor did they reveal who was the disciple that delivered the blow by swinging the sword. Only John provided us with the full account.
Now regardless, whether Peter was just not good at handling the sword or whether God turned Peter’s aim aside and only permitted the ear to be taken off in order to present this opportunity of giving them more proof of his Divinity in working an astonishing miracle on the occasion, we just don’t know.
But Jesus rebuked Peter’s rash, foolish, selfish, dangerous and unnecessary action and told him that if He wanted He could have summoned His Father to send more than 12 legions of angels to protect and deliver Him. Peter’s bold imprudent action also had placed all the lives of the remaining disciples at risk, had not Christ immediately intervened by touching and healing the servant’s severed ear.
Yes, even though they came to destroy His life, Jesus Christ came to save the lives of all sinners that would call upon Him. And then make the continual difference by orchestrating in the affairs and lives of all believers.
So, can you name a time that The Lord IS NOT completely worthy of your confidence or trust? You are exhorted and encouraged to trust in or rely on Him AT ALL TIMES and not try to handle matters on you own. Are you standing on God’s Infallible Word or are you busy trying to create your own back plan known as “plan B?”
In times of adversity, he can cause you to prosper. In times of affliction, He’s promised never to leave you or forsake you. In times of temptation, you’ll find that His Grace is sufficient for you. In times of darkness, He will be your Light and guide you through your wilderness season. In times of danger, He’s able to protect us. In times of need, He’s promised to supply us and make ways out of no ways. In times of doubt or uncertainty, He’s able to birth hope in your heart and give you peace of mind and bring you through the most difficult situations.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!