I used to read the Bible and believed that the disciples where like super men. All I saw was the amazing things that they did and wanted nothing more than to be like them. They seemed to be impenetrable by the things of the world. But I was only reading what I wanted to see. I was not seeing their humanity in the writings.
The words in the Bible can sometimes read like a text book when you are doing research if you do not take the time to see mankind behind the words. Even though the words themselves are inspired by God, you can plainly see the different style of writings with they differing disciples who wrote their books.
Just rushing over it to get the information that we are looking for without taking the time to read the sub-text will often mean that we are missing a valuable piece of the picture. If we did look for this, we would understand the emotion behind the writing. That is often an important part as well.
These men, as well as being called and chosen of God, where also humans. They felt emotions just as all people do. They got things wrong. They said the wrong things at the wrong times. They experienced excitement and joy. They were not perfect men. Examples below:
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.
The only thing that made them perfect was their faith. Their love for Jesus flows through page after page of the New Testament in spite of their situation. They never stop praising and glorifying God regardless of their circumstance. They were doers of the Word. They lead by example.
We are all bound to have good things and bad things happen to us while we are alive and on this earth. Times of joy and times of deep sadness. We are all bound to feel a wide range of emotions. We are after all human.
When the Word of God speaks of Praise – It Actually Means To Speak Well Of
Some people confuse the terminology of Praise. In the midst of their trials and circumstances, how can they break out in song. But in actual fact, it has quite a different meaning. It means to Speak Well of. To still find it within yourself to love God through your trial.
But the key and also the difference between Christians and the World is we are able to love and speak well of God in EVERY circumstance. Whether we do or not is up to us. But if we are able too, we will find that things are a lot easier to cope with as they arise.
Remember that God really does love you. He knows your suffering and your joy. He knows your humanity.