Everyday Questions‬‬

Posted By Chris Hartenstein
What if we took all of life's questions to our heavenly Father? Big and small. What if we pushed back on the thought, I got this, remembering that "His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways and are much higher than ours" (Isa. 55:8-9)? What if we truly believed He has a purpose in everything and a plan for our lives (Rom. 8:28)?

Let's look at how Peter responded when faced with the decision to listen and follow or turn away from Jesus:

"After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God" (John‬ ‭6:66-69).

 In this passage, Peter makes a profound statement through his response. If we want life, we must ask the Father. Any other place, person, thing, or philosophy we turn to will not yield life to the full. The more we ask the Father about life's everyday questions, the more we listen, and the more we follow, the more we will experience life to the full! It's not that we are not gifted, smart, and capable, but that we have an amazing Father who wants to provide, protect, and guide us. His plans are not always our plans, but they yield more than our's ever could. He knows what we need and when.  

How might the days of our lives look different if we chose to respond like Peter? I believe I would trust Him more. I would be more intimate with Him, listening and following better. I would live with a deeper peace, see more miracles, and know better what it means to be a son of an amazing Father, finding myself in a much bigger, more meaningful story that actually IS "life to the full" (Jn 10:10). All these things are just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine living in that story daily. If you could, what would it look like for you?

Calibration:
  • Do you believe that your heavenly Dad’s plans and ways yield more fruit? What keeps you from believing this?

  • When it comes to everyday decisions, do you respond like Peter and look toward Jesus and his example? Why or Why not?

  • How could your life look differently if you responded like Peter daily?

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