Matthew 26:58 “Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.”
My thoughts: If God seems far away, it is likely because we are following Him at a distance. Instead of allowing God to direct our steps, we are probably allowing the world to separate us from intimacy with Him. Sin is what separates us from God. We were never created to have a “long distance” relationship with Christ. He longs to know us personally and experience our wholehearted love for Him. Peter sat with the guards and found comfort for his compromise. The first clue in knowing we have distanced ourselves from God is when we surround ourselves with people that won’t confront us in our sin. These men and women “accept us” for who we are, but won’t help us become better people. In fact, these individuals become obstacles to our participation in God’s plan. We will never find our destiny among people of complacency. We will be influenced by their self-satisfaction and never become who God has called us to be. Peter sat with the guards and became a spectator. When we spectate the very event God has called us to participate in, we miss our opportunity to make an impact. Are we waiting to see the outcome of an event God has called us to participate in? What if the very conclusion we wish to see cannot happen until we step out in faith? Are we surrounding ourselves with people that refuse to change, or are we in a close relationship with God that empowers us to overcome sin? Have we distanced ourselves from God and searched for people that will accept our compromise? The closer we are to God, the more our sin will be exposed. If we aren’t following close behind God, then we aren’t following Him at all. There is nothing we can hide from God. There is nothing He wants to hide from us.