SPOILER ALERT – THIS DEVOTION IS FOR MATURE CHRISTIAN READERS – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE – THE ONES WHO BY YOUR WORDS AND ACTIONS FOLLOW JESUS!
Then Jesus told them, “Before the night’s over, you’re going to fall to pieces because of what happens to me.
There is a Scripture that says,
I’ll strike the shepherd; helter-skelter the sheep will be scattered.
But after I am raised up, I, your Shepherd, will go ahead of you, leading the way to Galilee.”
Peter broke in, “Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won’t.”
“Don’t be so sure,” Jesus said. “This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times.”
Peter protested, “Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you.” All the others said the same thing. Matthew 26:31-35
So for you Christians out there, what do you think God is up to by allowing this pandemic and its resurgence? What are you discerning from this whole thing? Are you discerning anything? Are you actually taking the extra time you now have to sit with the Lord in prayer?
Maybe you are concluding that this country and world were in need of an adjustment – a wake up call to alert us that we are off in many wrong directions.
Maybe you have determined that it is hard to discern the “world’s truth” because there are so many conflicting stories coming from so many “reputable” sources.
Maybe you have found out that it is a good time to be praying for each other, our elected leaders, our health care workers and nursing home staff, our families we can’t see in person because you have no control over any of this.
Maybe you have discovered that you really don’t like some elected and non-elected persons in power and disagree with their mandates because it is not what you would do.
Maybe you are figuring out that there are things you have been doing that you now can’t do that you should not have been doing in the first place.
Maybe you have discovered your defiance of authority and put your “ideas” of what is “right” ahead of the leaders God has placed where they are and have taken on a “critical” spirit spewing hate through ridiculing and complaining.
Maybe you are discouraged, feeling sorry for yourself because life just took a turn and it is harder than it ONCE was.
STOP BEING LIKE PETER . . . WAKE UP . . . GET ON YOUR KNEES. . . PRAY. . . PRAY . . . AND THEN . . . PRAY SOME MORE.
Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”
When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”
When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open. This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.
When he came back the next time, he said, “Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners. Get up! Let’s get going! My betrayer is here.” Matthew 26:36-46 The Message*
Do we think our situation is worse than our Savior’s?
The bottom line is we don’t know why this is happening. But rest assured, God knows. His Will is what we want not ours.
Therefore, let us stop complaining . . . stop feeling sorry for ourselves . . . stop being rebellious . . . stop criticizing those in charge . . . stop being defiant . . . stop being disobedient . . . stop putting ourselves first and instead do what Jesus did:
PRAY FOR GOD’S WILL TO BE DONE – HIS GOOD, PLEASING AND PERFECT WILL.