Matthew 16; Numbers 1-2; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Let me be honest, even if, perhaps, it may seem like I’m boasting. There are some days that I am so in tune with God that everything I say, do, and write is exactly right. It seems like I can’t do anything wrong and I am full of spiritual insight. Perhaps Peter felt this way. “Simon Peter said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:16) There are other days, though, when it seems like the only reason I open my mouth is to change feet and I can’t do anything write. (yes, that was deliberate) Perhaps, Simon Peter felt this way. “Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: ‘God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.’ But he turned to Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.’” From being blessed by God to being called Satan. Peter dealt with a lot of highs in his spiritual life, as well as a lot of lows. Through all that time, though, God was working on building Peter into the man of God that He needed Peter to be. The message for me, in my walk with Jesus is that I can’t get too puffed up on those good days. I need to keep my head in the game and keep walking with Jesus. At the same time, when bad days come, I need to remember that God still loves me and is working on me. He has a plan for me and even when I stray from His plan, God can call me back into His way and use my sins and my mistakes to mold me into being the person He wants me to be.
Lord God, help me to stay focused on You. Remind me when I do stay focused on You that You are my source of hope and inspiration. Don’t let me become prideful. At the same time, when I stray, let me repent and return to You. Help me to learn and grow in You when I stray.