Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” John 18: 10-11
Everything that Jesus did from His birth has lead to this point in time. Over the next few days His mission will be completed. Jesus has prayed to the Father for strength and He knows that the Fathers will needs to be done. The human side of Jesus knows the pain and agony in store for Him and would just as soon not go through it but He knows this is why He was sent to earth. Jesus is ready to be arrested.
Then we have Peter. Peter is loyal to Jesus, one of Jesus’ first followers. Peter is also rash. He sometime speaks without think through the problem and as in today’s verses he often acts before he has thought or he reacts to the moment rather than wait for Jesus. Peter is a man of action, so when he sees Jesus being arrested he draws his sword and cuts the ear off one of the high priest’s servant.
Too often I find myself flying into action trying to fix a problem without first checking with God to see if I should be doing anything at all or what I need to be doing. It is only after I have made the situation worse that I finally turn to God asking Him to fix what I broke. Like Peter, I make the situation worse rather than better. Things are not always easier when I consult God before I spring into action but the outcome is always in God’s will.
Have a blessed day,