Monday, October 19, 2009

If My People, XXVII

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
Most of us react to problems and enemies just like Peter did. We attack them directly, we try to destroy them, and we attempt to move them away. It's easy to imagine some of the thoughts going through Peter's mind, as the events of the night played out after His arrest. By the time, the servant girl tempted him to deny Jesus, he was probably wondering if he had lost his mind or if Jesus had somehow led him astray.

And we tend to harbor similar doubts when trouble overtakes us.

Yet after 2000 years of Christendom, we know that the kingdom of God is about achieving larger goals than we can even imagine. And so we pray with renewed faith for our enemies and for our country. And again we ask God to use each one of us to bring about the results that He wants, done in the way He wants.

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