Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. (Matthew 26:31-35 ESV)
You’ll fall away because of me…
Why would these committed disciples “fall away?” Because, things didn’t turn out like they expected. Their dreams of what God would do through Jesus suddenly took a HARD right turn towards the unexpected and extremely difficult.
A similar incident happened in the Old Testament to a man named Naaman:
And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. (2 Kings 5:10-12 ESV)
Just like Naaman and the 11 disciples of Christ, we come before God with unrealistic and unmet expectations. We expect God to work in a particular way, but “my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 ESV)”
The sovereignty of God demands that you be willing to abandon your expectations and surrender yourself to His perfect will and plan. If you get what you want from life, it will ALWAYS fall far short of what God intended.