Robert Hayes told me Carter, his 5 year old son, asked Joyce, “mom, why did God create His worst enemy”? Now there’s a question for you. And from a 5 year old!
In Acts 12, Peter is in prison. Peter, petra, petros—rock. Matthew 16:18—”I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hell will not overpower it.” A disciple of Jesus, 3 years under His teaching, saw His death, resurrection and ascension. Empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This was a spiritually “powerful” man.
Now, he’s locked in Herods “super max” prison, chained and surrounded by 16 guards. Enter the Angel. How does he get Peters attention? With a poke in the side! Then he starts giving him instructions—like a little kid. Stand up—put on your shoes, get dressed, put on your coat, now follow me.
Wooooo! Don’t you know who I am?!?! I’m Peter! The one the Lord is going to build His church on!! Could you imagine if Peter actually responded like that? With such arrogance when in fact, he needed all the help he could get. You can’t? Why not? Most of us have acted exactly like that when God sends us His help for those “prisons” of sin we are stuck in. We think of ourselves as “above” being held accountable or helped by mere “people”. We look down our noses, we discredit their input, we find any excuse but to hear what they are saying and in that, we stay stuck in our prisons of sin.
God uses many incredible ways to get our attention and save us from “death” in our sin—He even used an ass in the Old Testament. So why do we resist the very help he is sending? Pride! We won’t admit we need help and won’t accept it even when its all around us. Even a 5 year old like Carter can be used to ask such thought provoking questions that we have to take pause to consider, “where did that come from”?
If Peter can humble himself to accept the help that God would provide, what’s stopping us?
Before you leave the house, get on your knees and pray with me—Father, forgive me for being so full of pride that I would resist the very help you send to release me from the prison of my sin.
I pray in the powerful name of Jesus, Amen! — Steve Schmidt blogs regularly for Freedom Fighter and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He serves on the full-time staff at America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: Let us not satisfy ourselves with a knowledge of God in the church service; a glance upon a picture never directs you to the discerning the worth and art of it. Stephen Charnock
Verse to Memorize: “Put away your crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:24-25 ESV