Monday: June 29, 2020
Reference text: Acts 12:1-11
Acts 12:6 The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail.
Sleepless nights? Many of us have had at least a fair number of them where we spent hours brooding over deep thoughts: we think about future plans and reflect on our lives. There are situations that call for laughter and peaceful sleep and those that clearly require the opposite. And without mincing words, Peter was clearly in the latter classification.
Looking at his situation, there is no other way to put it other than “he was in no position to fall asleep”. He was sat between two soldiers, double-chained, and sixteen soldiers standing guard out side the prison doors. Even worst, Herod sought to make another example of Him since the people got excited when James was killed. And maybe you have not paid attention but here is the highlight “Peter was asleep”.
It still makes me wonder what was actually going through His mind
such that he could be so peaceful and fall soundly asleep in a situation that would leave many struggling to close an eye? Was it because he did he not care or was he just ready to die? Either way, he had no prior information as he was unsure what had actually happened when he found himself outside the prison walls. It, therefore, leaves us with the question ‘can we find peace in the most trying of situations?
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3) That is what I can attribute to Peter based on what we read- a mind perfectly at peace even in th eye of the storm. This is one of those stories that makes you laugh or even shake your head in utter disbelief the very moment you aggregate all elements about it. However, since it has been done, it is now more an example to pursue than just a story for our reading pleasure.