A Stroll At Leisure With God

Another One of Those Mornings

I had a fairly active and good day yesterday, but I was just wondering what this morning would be like. Sure enough, I am really struggling with staying awake.

I guess I have come to expect one of these type mornings in the schedule after a treatment.

So, I am going to be rather brief this morning, again, just because I can barely keep my eyes open. Today, as much as possible, I am just going to rest.

In the reading today in Professor Horner’s plan, I arrived at Matthew 16. Contained in this chapter is the famous statements Jesus made at Caesarea Philippi. For once in his life, Peter got it right when he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16, NASB). Check. All well and good.

But it didn’t take long for Peter, as the leader and spokesman of the group, to revert to his former stick-the-foot-in-the-mouth ways. As all of you know, this is what happened: “
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's’” (Matthew 16:21-23 NASB).

In rebuking Peter, Jesus went right to the source to deal with the enemy. It was obvious that Peter did know realize what would happen with Jesus and with every true follower.

By the way, as I have been preaching through the book of 1 Peter, it is becoming more and more obvious that many of the teachings and perspectives on suffering in the Petrine epistles are a direct reflection of THIS statement.

And of course, what follows in Matthew 16 is also significant: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24, NASB). In other words, the call to follow Jesus is a call to die.

The other day, someone asked me about my cancer. He said, “So, when will you be done with it, and on the road to recovery?”

I had to pause because the question caught me off guard. Finally, I mustered the wherewithal to respond, “Well, the doctors are giving me chemo with no time limit. I will continue to take it as long as my cancer is stabilized. The moment it is NOT, they will move me to some other treatment. So, this will be going on as long as I live. Unless of course, the Lord chooses to heal me altogether. I will take that! Ha.”

In other words, the Lord is using cancer as the means by which the Lord is handing me over to death continually so that His life would be revealed.

Like Peter, I don’t necessarily like it, but that is my privilege.

Lord, thank You again for the cross. Jesus died on it so that I might be saved. I die daily so that Your life may be revealed. I thank You for today, even though I can tell that it is going to involve “laying low” mostly. Okay, Lord. Whatever. Amen.
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