Saturday, August 24, 2019
Serving As A Bad Example
John 18:25 – Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the
fire, he was asked again, "Aren't you one of his disciples?"
"Of course not," he replied. (TLB)
16:18 – Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means
'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the
powers of hell will not conquer it. (NLT)
In the spiritual life,
there is an important action called "The Sacred Pause," part of
two-way prayer. Before proceeding, we stop and ask God whether the way that
we are heading is the way that He intends us to go. Then we pause
("The Sacred Pause") and quietly listen for His answer.
"No one is entirely useless," a saying goes. "You can
always serve as a bad example." Scripture gives us the apostle Peter,
three times denying the Lord when he is asked if he knows Him, even using a
scornful tone in his answer: "Of course not!"
time, Peter asks Christ to let him walk on the water, as his Lord is doing.
The instant Jesus says, "Come," Peter is out of the boat and onto
the water, where he promptly panics and sinks. No "Sacred Pause"
in either case. I have always identified with this impetuous apostle.
Even after just writing this devotional, I read the morning paper,
then dashed off an email letter to the editor without any pause before
sending. I just hurriedly scribbled out my thoughts and pressed
"Send" — too late realizing that it implicated an innocent
other person. I must immediately try to mend what I've done. Growing in
the Spirit is a journey, not an event. "How can I ask God to guide my
footsteps if I am always running out ahead of Him?" someone asks.
Speed is the mantra for our ever-faster age. Concerned about the
way that things were going with Jesus, Peter wanted to help, to get busy
setting up Christ's kingdom on earth. A smartphone would've had him
off and running, spreading his misunderstandings of Christ's real
purpose, seriously hindering God's great plan of salvation.
As a compulsive, impulsive individual, far more flawed than Peter, I am
urgently in need of being reminded that every day is a day when we must
carry God's message into all our activities, once we have done
two-way prayer. The second way is listening. "The Sacred Pause"
goes into our daily reminders, along with "All in God's time"
and "Patience always hitches a ride with understanding."
Ephesians 2:20 – You are built upon the foundation of the
apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.
Prayer: Dear Father God, how grateful we are that
You forgive our foolish ways and reclothe us in our rightful minds through
Your truth. Thank You for the silence of eternity, that You breathe Your
coolness and balm through the heat of our desires. Your still small voice
of calm ever calls us back to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Rose DeShaw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Today's Verse: John 6:66
– From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer
followed him. (NIV)
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: Hosea 1-7
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: Jeremiah 24:1-25:14; James 4:13-17
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-17
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