The Sword of Control

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”…. (Jn 18:11).

Jesus did not fight his way towards vindication. He submitted Himself to the Father and God brought victory. Many of us are dealing with difficult, painful circumstances. It’s easy to start fighting against God, blame others and point the finger. Yet, we see no such behavior in the Son of God. Jesus very easily could have said, “But, Lord, it’s Judas’s fault!” “It’s these people, they just don’t understand me, what’s happening to me isn’t fair.”
Instead, Jesus says, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
I am so glad that Jesus is not like me. I’d spend a good amount of time arguing with God over my present predicament and try and convince Him to change my situation to side with the outcome I desire.
Jesus came with no physical sword to wield, he came with a heart that was humble, trusting and fully submitted to His Father’s will. I don’t know about you but in those times when I lack faith, I can very easily start wielding my own sword of control. What I found is that in the process of my wielding I tend to cause carnage in my life that hurts those closest to me. The sword of control has a tendency to do that.
Sometimes the cup God gives us seems too lofty, too difficult, shameful, embarrassing and painful. Yet, we must remember that every cup God gives us is for the purpose of renewing our faith. It is never to destroy us and leave us in the dust. Some cups we drink are brought on by our own sin. Others are there for no fault of our own. They could be the cups we drink because of someone close to us in our life who has decided for themselves to wield the sword of control instead of submitting themselves to the Father’s mercy.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to cause destruction and pain to enter into other people’s lives. I want to be the sweet aroma of Christ. I want my life to be one that abides so deeply in the Father’s love that no matter what life throws my way, I could say with joy, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Lord, I surrender. Let my life be like Mary’s who did not doubt the cup you gave her, but received it with joy. Give me the same faith as Joshua who never doubted your deliverance but walked forward with deep, abiding trust. Lord, let my life be set on display for you! I want the world to see your love in me, in Jesus name, Amen!

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