You can watch Episode 4 of Season 1 by clicking the link below and going to Episode four or by going to VidAngel or The Chosen app. The study following is from last spring. Thank you to The Chosen for this amazing Episode and for any photos used in this blog. Enjoy and be blessed.
Today we saw a Biblical Character, Simon Peter, that we all know and love. He was strong willed, a man who believed that he could fix everything by himself, who lied to himself and others when he couldn’t, blamed everyone else for his problems and was worried about his image and what people thought of him. He needed to always look strong, was afraid of loosing or relinquishing control of any situation and was angry at God for not fixing his problems. He lost hope, lost faith, burned all his bridges and nearly lost everything. He was facing serious consequences for his actions and eventually hit bottom.
Does this sound like someone you know? Maybe it’s a friend or family member, or maybe you see yourself. In episode four, Simon Peter tried everything to fix his debt to the Romans. He is portrayed basically as a control freak who thinks he can do and be EVERYTHING, but excludes the ONE who really can.
I admit that I recognize myself in Simon. I thoroughly understand him because I’m a fixer. Problem is…”I” get in the way sometimes and end up being my own worse enemy. I often act without first talking to God about the direction I need to go. I sometimes make decisions without first consulting the only ONE who already knows what’s best for me. I often find myself thinking, “I’ve got this” when “It’s” really got me. I sometimes leap… before I take time to look to the ONE who created the cliff I’m jumping off of. I find myself seeking forgiveness and crying out for God’s help when I’ve already crashed into the bottom of the cliff and need an air rescue.
In most cases it’s better to climb into the passenger side of the train wreck we are heading towards and hand over the keys and the drivers seat to Jesus instead. He knows exactly where we are and what we need, and if we let him, He will steer us in the way we should go.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.
It’s not easy letting go of the wheel, but it’s a much nicer ride when the one driving knows how to avoid all the bumps and potholes in the road.
Try believing in someone other than yourself. Try believing outside the box. Cry out to God first. He’s your 911 call.