The Lord tells us that if He cares enough to clothe the lilies of the field which are alive today and dead tomorrow, surely we know He cares enough to take care of our daily needs as His children. This is just one of many promises the Lord makes to us in His word, and we are challenged to exercise our faith and believe that God will do for us what He promised. Having faith means we do not meddle in God’s matters or try to take His business into our own hands. This brings us to our text coming out of Matthew 26:45-54 (KJV):
45 Then cometh he (Jesus) to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. 47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
At this time in the text, Jesus has been betrayed by Judas and is about to be arrested, taken to trial, and crucified for alleged blasphemy. When Jesus in taken into custody by the chief priests and elders of the people, one of His disciples wants to defend Jesus. In the fourth account of the gospel, the disciple John calls the culprit out by name — Simon Peter. Peter takes out his sword and cuts off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest. Although Peter meant well, Jesus chastises him and reminds him that He does not need his help. In modern terms, it is as if Jesus told Peter, “Have you forgotten I am the Son of God? If I needed any help from anyone I would call on my Father, and He would send twelve legions of angels to my rescue. Besides, I have a divine plan to fulfill here.”
From this passage, we can learn that God never needs our help for anything. When He gives His word, He always stands by it. That is precisely why Jesus tells Peter not to interfere with the happenings at hand. God the Father foretold of the occurrence and nothing needed to hinder it — not even Peter’s good intentions. We do not need to jump in and try to save the day. God knows what we do not know and sees what we cannot see. Hence, our meddling will only mess up God’s perfect plan. Our job as Christians is to follow God’s lead and be at peace with the paths on which He takes us.
Have a blessed day!
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