Hello friends. I just finished leading our Season one Episode four Bible study on the series The Chosen this morning.
Today we saw a Biblical Character that we all know and love, who was strong willed, who believed that he could fix everything by himself, lied to himself and others, blamed everyone else for his problems, was worried about his image and what people would think, needed to look strong, (like he knew what he was doing), was afraid of loosing or relinquishing control of the situation but was angry at God for not fixing it for him, he had lost hope, had lost faith, burned all his bridges, had lost nearly everything, was facing serious consequences for his actions and had hit bottom.
Does this sound like someone you know? Maybe it’s a friend or family member, or maybe you see yourself. In episode four. This person was Simon Peter, who had tried everything, by himself, to fix his debt to the Romans. He is portrayed basically as a control freak who thinks he can do and be EVERYTHING but excludes the ONE who really can.
I admit that I recognize myself in Simon. I thoroughly understand him because I’m a fixer. Problem is…”I” get in the way sometimes. I often act without first talking to God about the direction I’m headed. I sometimes make decisions without first consulting the ONE who already knows what’s best for me. I often find myself thinking “I’ve got this” when “It’s” really got me. I sometimes leap… before I take time to look to the one who created the cliff I’m jumping off of. I find myself seeking forgiveness and crying out for God’s help when I’ve already crashed into the bottom of the cliff and need an air rescue.
In most cases it’s better to climb into the passenger side of the train wreck we are heading towards and hand over the keys and the drivers seat to Jesus instead. He knows exactly where we are and what we need, and if we let him, He will steer us in the way we should go.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.
It’s not easy letting go of the wheel but it’s a much nicer ride when the one driving knows how to avoid all the bumps and potholes in the road.
Try believing in someone other than yourself. Try believing outside the box. Cry out to God first. He’s your 911 call.