JUN 26 / Sunday – Read Matt 15:10-20 and 26:31-35, 69-75 / John 21:15-21
Overview: Peter seemed to have a knack for being clueless. And, often times, so do we. Good thing God can use someone like you for his purposes thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit.
27 / Mon – Clueless | Read Matthew 26:31-35
Peter could be clueless. He didn’t understand Jesus’ teaching. He didn’t have enough faith to walk on water. He misunderstood Jesus’ mission and even tried to correct him several times. His biggest blunder? Unequivocally declaring he would never desert Jesus, even if others did. Before you judge him too harshly, ask yourself…“have I been guilty of similar actions?” Despite Peter’s failures, Jesus never gave up on him. Do you believe he won’t give up on you either?
28 / Tue – Too weak | Read Exodus 3:1-22 and 4:1-18
Moses had seen the misery of his people and tried to help in his own strength…with terrible results. Now forty years later, God disrupts his quiet life as a shepherd with a call to deliver his people from their oppressors. Moses knew his own lack of ability and was so clueless about God’s power that he argued with God and refused 5 times. Who talks to God that way?! What is the Lord asking you to do? Are you tempted to say no because you underestimate how he can work through you?
29 / Wed – Too strong | Read Judges 13-16
Samson had the opposite problem. He grew up knowing he was special and took his abilities for granted. He was clueless about the source of his strength so he did not fully appreciate or use it wisely. Success made him feel invincible. Consequently, he used this gift for his own ends, became easily offended and revengeful, and fell victim to treachery because he trusted in himself. In the end, he repented and God was able to use him again. Does success tempt you to take the credit?
30 / Thu – Too angry | Read 2 Peter 3:9 / Jonah 3:10 and 4:1-11
Jonah was a prophet, a spokesman for the Lord, calling his people to repent of their sins and stay close to God. But he was clueless about God’s heart for others and His desire that none would be lost. All Jonah saw was the wicked way the Assyrians had treated his people. They did not deserve even one chance to repent. Jonah’s true focus was on himself and the consequences he thought his enemies deserved. How can you avoid becoming disconnected from God’s desires for others?
01 / Fri – Too clever | Read Acts 5:1-11
Do you know anyone who thinks they are smarter than God? That is a dangerous belief to buy into. It is what happened to Annanias and Sapphira. They were clueless about God’s ability to know all things, even a person’s heart. They also underestimated the consequences of sin. God is not to be toyed with. He deserves his people’s honesty and respect. Was there a time when you thought you could get away with something and no one would know? What was the result?
02 / Sat – There is hope for even the greatest sin | Read Luke 22:54-62 / John 21:1-3, 15-17
One of the most redemptive stories in the gospels is what happened after Peter disowned Jesus. Not once but 3 times. Have you deeply failed the Lord in the past? Is it difficult to believe he would forgive you, because you can’t seem to forgive yourself? That may be how Peter felt. What was significant in this conversation between Jesus and Peter after the resurrection? What would Jesus say in an honest conversation with you about your failures?