Tuesday- A Recipe for Disaster- LIFEhouse God Time
They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law had gathered. Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and went right into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.
Can you imagine what it was like for Peter at this very moment? His adrenaline is off the charts. He has just attacked a whole group of bodyguards and cut off a guy’s ear.
But, Jesus isn’t pleased by this and he tells Peter to put away his sword. Then Jesus is led away to the house of Caiaphas. Earlier, it says in the Gospel of Mark that all the disciples ran away when Jesus is arrested. Well, not necessarily. Peter sticks around with his best friend, or at least follows him to the high priest’s house.
Peter is filled with stress. He is tired. It’s early morning and he has been up for about 24 hours. He is there all alone, his master and friend nearby but Peter can’t do anything about it.
These are all recipes for Peter to make a big error in judgment. The times when we get into trouble the most are when we are stressed out, tired, and lonely.
When we are tired, stressed, lonely and I will add hungry, we do well to be very careful. We are super vulnerable to doing something or saying something we are going to regret. Peter will soon find this out.
One of the best things you can do when you are stressed out and tired is take a walk…Take a walk.