God Knows Best

God Knows Best

Time after time, the first disciples thought they knew best how to exalt God in the world. Consider Peter. Having rightly perceived Jesus as God’s Anointed One, Peter thought he could tell Jesus how to go about His business. After being privileged to glimpse a sacred moment at Jesus’ transfiguration, Peter thought he could give God advice about how to memorialize that moment. Seeing the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus, Peter’s action led to wounding another and interfering with Jesus’ purposes. How often do we, like Peter, overestimate our own knowledge and strength?

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?”—John 18:10-11

Prayer: God, when we approach life on our own terms, not Yours, forgive us. Show us how we can join You instead of getting in Your way. In Jesus’ Name, we pray, amen.