Peter told him, “Even if everyone falls away because of you, I will never fall away.”Matthew 26:33 CSB
No one will ever mistake me for Peter, but how many times have I echoed his words, and then followed his example? More times than I care to admit. And invariably it is because I overestimated my own strength and ability to endure, and failed to trust in the strength that God provides. In the quiet of my study, or perched alone alongside a river in the wilderness, it is easy to convince myself that I am finally fully committed to the lordship of Christ. Only to have that commitment challenged when I go back out into the world.
Now to be clear, I have never denied Jesus in the same way that Peter did, but how often do I fail to take a stand for him when the occasion calls for it, just sitting on the sideline instead. And how many times have I opted to satisfy self above Christ? I am weak and fallible, but he is strong and dependable. I am so thankful that he is always ready to restore me, just like he did with Peter (John 21:15-19). He knows my weakness, and still he loves me and choses to use me.
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