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January 24 – Cart before the Horse

January 24, 2013

“Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.” – Mat 26:74-75 

Peter was a fisherman by trade.  Rough exterior.  Big mouth.  He was always putting the cart before the horse.  When Jesus needed a friend the most, Peter denied he even knew him and hid.  That’s our beloved Peter.  I can relate to him!  So many times I fail to do the things I really need to be doing.  He was always saying and doing things that would no doubt embarrass those around him.  I know this had to be true.   If I had been standing there when Peter spoke to the Lord on a few of those occasions, I would have wanted to say, “Peter!! What are you doing?” or “There he goes again, will he ever just be quiet?”  I realize I’m reading between the lines here, but that’s what I would have said.  However, I also could have been the one who was opening my big mouth.

Despite Peter’s outbursts and jumping ahead of Jesus’ plan, he was loved and he was used on the Day of Pentecost as the primary spokesman where 3000 people came to obey and to know the truth of the Gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and were baptized into His kingdom.  Peter from that time on was a mighty man of God, a man once so full of pride, and then changed by the love of Christ into a very humble servant.  If you don’t believe me, you go and read Peter’s writings in 1 & 2 Peter.  He speaks very clearly to the issue of humility and God’s grace.  If there was ever a man in the Bible that had to learn humility, it was Peter.  I’m sure he knew what he was talking about.  Jesus saw in Peter what man did not see in him, and God made him an able minister of the New Testament.

Can the Lord use me? I have to believe that He can use whoever or whatever He wants to accomplish His will.  The real question is… Will I prepare myself to be used by Him? Will He choose me? I think I should humble myself and become as clay in the Potter’s hands to be molded to exactly the vessel He chooses me to be.

I surrender.

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