Go with your gut! Great conventional wisdom, eh?
I was reading Luke’s version of Jesus’ arrest this morning (it being Maundy Thursday and all (I know scary)). Luke’s account of the arrest has Jesus healing the ear of the guy that Peter chopped off.
It occurs to me that one group went with their gut and that was wrong. They other group went against their gut and that was wrong too.
Peter I think went with his gut. “Coming for Jesus??? You’ll have to come through me first.” It could have gotten nasty if Jesus had not defused the situation.
The soldiers on the other hand, appear to have gone against their gut instinct. I mean, if we believe Luke’s account, a guy had his EAR cut off and it was healed right in front of their eyes. If I were in their shoes, I would be scared “poopless”. If this guy can just fix an ear, what else is he capable of?? Run Away!!!
But, no, they carry out their orders.
All of this to say there are no easy answers. I wish there was a rule of thumb for when to act on instinct and when to hold your ground, but if there is one I have not found it. I think this is why prayer is becoming more important to me. If I do not reflect on the days events with God, I am just going to keep repeating the same dumb mistakes. It is funny to me now, that for awhile, I really thought I was in control of my life. The older I get, the more I realize that I am totally dependant on grace. Hopefully, slowly but surely God is helping me to bang away at my rough edges. Unfortunately, there appears to be no shortage of rough edges.