Shall I not drink the cup?

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,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Shall I not drink the cup?

  1. robin claire says:

    What a great post! It really made me think about what I do that I don’t consult God about first. I forget to consult God in my actions. Right now I’m having a terrible fight with my husband because I jumped in feet over mouth – first.

    • dwwork says:

      Thanks, I know that if I just take a minute or two and seek God’s wisdom things work out so much better. Unfortunately way too many times I just jump in feet first and then seek Him.

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