Jesus takes Peter, James and John up on a mountaintop to pray.
And then this happens…
“As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.” (Luke 9:29-33)
Can you imagine waking up to THAT?
And, true to his impetuous form, Peter, feels the need to talk and do something. (How I always seem to relate to Peter!)
“Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud.”
Peter is STILL talking and God, Himself, interrupts him—
“And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.“ (Luke 9:35-36)
And they kept quiet.
James, John and, even, Peter kept quiet.
They didn’t immediately understand. Surely, they were confused about what they had heard Moses and Elijah say, and what Jesus had also told them just a few days before. (Luke 9:21-22)
Jesus, their teacher, their friend, the Miracle Maker, the one they felt would set up His Kingdom on earth was going to die.
And Peter, wanted to just build a tabernacle and stay right there on that mountaintop.
Oh, how I can relate.
I don’t want to go through the hard days. I don’t want God to do things I don’t like or understand.
But God does.
He will again.
He is God. His way, though not my way, or your way, is always the better way.
We know that.
But like Peter, we often feel the need to suggest to God what we think should be done.
But, also like Peter, we can’t see all that God sees.
Peter didn’t understand what the Cross would bring.
And so, like Peter, when things happen that we don’t want to happen, when we don’t understand… let’s heed the voice of God.
Let’s be quiet. Let’s endeavor to hear God’s beloved Son more than ever.
Let’s remember, God routinely does things we do not understand for greater purpose than we can see.
Let’s also remember, instead of demanding to know the why, real comfort comes from focusing on the Who.
Yes, there will be moments, we won’t be able to imagine what good can come from the present hard.
We will need to fight to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5) and compare what we are thinking to God’s Word so we can refute the lies of the enemy. Over and over. And wrap ourselves up in His promises. They are a shield about us!
But still we will stumble. We will fail. We will doubt. But let’s hear Jesus asking us the same question He asked Peter long ago, “Do you love me?” (John 21)
Of course. Of course, we say we love the Lord. But perhaps, we’ve loved our comfort a little bit more. Perhaps, we’ve wanted our will to be done just a little bit more than we’ve wanted His. 😳
And in the hard days, the things I don’t want to happen, are helping me know I have more dying to self to do in order to better follow Jesus (Luke 9:23).
So I ask the Lord,again, to help me to trust Him more to bring good from the hard I see.
Of course, I want Him to work things out a certain way. I want Him to keep me, and those I love, from the fiery furnaces.
And I certainly know He has the power to do so!
But this I also believe, even if He doesn’t, He is still good. (Daniel 3)
He is ALWAYS good.
For God is better than all my eyes could see and all my heart could hope. ❤️
HE is better.
And, once again, like so many times before, He is helping me hold on to Him.
For my heart and flesh may fail, but our God, He never will. (Psalm 73:26)
Where else could we go? Where else would we turn? (John 6:68)
Great is the Lord! And greatly to be praised! He is the Christ the Son of the Living God! (John 6:69)
May we hold tightly to Him. May we trust Him more. May we love Him more tomorrow than we do today. No matter what this day brings. He has us. ❤️