Unneeded Help

August 20, 2010 — 1 Comment

I was reading John 18 today – where Jesus is betrayed and arrested – and was struck and convicted about the similar mindset I often have with Peter…

3So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.  “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)

6When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”  And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

8“I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”

9This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

The mindset in question is thinking that God needs my help and that things just won’t function well or happen as the should without my intervention – which is always “just what is needed” for complete success in all things.

It struck me how Peter, having just seen Jesus physically knock a group of people to the ground with three, single-syllable words, felt the need to draw a sword and cut Malchus’ ear off (“let me help You out here, Jesus!”).  Mkay…though I wonder if I’d have done the same thing?

Too often, I see God obviously doing something in my life, the lives of those I interact with, situations taking place, etc. and figure, “let me help You out here, God” and jump in…and often mess things up.

Sure, there are times when we can and should be involved; but, I wonder if we jump too quickly and don’t carefully consider our actions.   We pridefully have the desire to be seen as the Enabler, Solver, Helper, or even Rescuer (capitalization on purpose).

Forgive me, Lord.  Thank You for Your powerful Word, which is sharper than any double-edged sword!  Give me an insightful view of things, that only comes from You.

One response to Unneeded Help


    You remind me of how we so often,when praying, try to tell God what to do.

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