DayBreaks for 3/10/16: A Fragile Stone
NOTE: Galen will be traveling for the next 10 days or so. You will be receiving messages from the DayBreaks archive during that time! From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
A stone. A rock. Solid. Strong. Cephas. Peter. It’s what the name Peter means, after all. And what a rock he was! Over and over again, whenever the disciples are with Jesus, it is Peter who is the spokesman – and I don’t think that was all because of his impetuousness. It was because of the nature of the man. He was a leader. He was respected and acknowledged as the leader of the 12. He had their confidence because he had earned it. He would stand up in the midst of a hostile crowd that had killed Jesus and would preach words that stung their hearts and cut them to the quick – and they responded en masse to the power of the word that Peter was preaching.
He stood up to the religio-political leaders and refused to obey their dictates, boldly proclaiming, “We must obey God rather than men.” He was a rock.
But not even Peter was always a rock. Consider these insights from Michael Card in his book, A Fragile Stone: Just as Paul is remembered as the one who persecuted the church before his own conversion on the road to Damascus, Peter is remembered forever as the apostle who denied Christ. The Rock on whom Jesus would build his church proved to be a sand pile. When he attempted to walk on water, the Rock sank like a stone.
“Peter rebuked Jesus when the Lord spoke of his impending death in Jerusalem, and Jesus called him ‘Satan.’ His various boasts about his unbending loyalty to Jesus proved hollow in the courtyard of the high priest Caiaphas.”
We all would like to be like a Rock, wouldn’t we? But aren’t we all more like the sand pile, or like a rock tossed into the water? I have a hunch that as many times as Peter may have been called the Rock, that there were an equal, or greater, number of times that he was less than a rock. But how Jesus loved him!!!!
Jesus loves sand piles and sinking stones just as he loves Rocks – and He loves you and me. And that gives me comfort as I struggle to be what He wants me to be.
TODAY’S PRAYER: If there is one thing we should want to give You, Lord, may it be our faithfulness. Thank you for dealing with us so gently because of our crumbling, sinking sinful natures. Let us become people on whom You can count, may we become strong in Him! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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