John 21; 2 Chronicles 33; Psalm 89:1-18
After the resurrection, Peter and some of the other disciples went fishing. Sometimes when the world turns upside down we seek comfort in doing those things we have always done. During this time, Jesus also asked Peter three times if he really loved Jesus – echoing the three denials on the night of the trial. Perhaps it wasn’t until the third time that Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him that Peter realized what Jesus was doing, but Peter was grieved. Then Jesus told Peter how he would die. It wasn’t an easy time for Peter. When he saw a chance to change the subject, he tried to take it. “… And when He [Jesus] had spoken this, He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following… [and] said to Jesus, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.’” (John 21:19b-22) Peter chafed under the rebukes from Jesus and then was given the command to follow Him after being told it would lead to his death. Perhaps not wanting to hear anything else about how difficult it was going to be or perhaps seeking to put things in perspective he saw John and asked about him. Jesus let Peter know that all he had to be concerned about was how faithful and obedient he was. Life is like that. God speaks to us and calls us to follow Him. We begin to follow but after awhile, it gets tiring. We look around and see others who claim to follow Jesus and it often seems like they are doing nothing. We cry out to God, “Lord, You’re putting me through all of this and yet it seems like they are doing nothing. What about them? What do You want them to do?” And we get the same answer that Peter got. “It doesn’t matter what I’m calling them to do. You have a job to do. Follow Me.” How true that is in life, though. We don’t know what others are going through, the burdens they bear, or what God has called them to do. They may be smiling on the outside as if they didn’t have a care in the world but dealing with great burdens that we don’t know about. God may be granting them rest before their next task. Whatever their situation may be, that is unimportant to our relationship with God. We are to follow the path He has set before us.
Dear Lord, I don’t know what You have called my brothers and sisters to do. I do know that You have called me to follow You. Sometimes that direction is clear. Sometimes I can only see one step at a time. Give me faith and strength to keep following You in all circumstances. Let my life show obedience to Your call.