Aren’t you glad the Lord never gives up on us?
Most of you know that There’s a Fly in my Tea! is based on the life of Peter. His story never gets old to me. I suppose because I can so often see myself in him…
Today is no different as I read in Matthew 26. Peter is adamant that he will never betray Christ…and then he does.
Luke 22:60b-61a says, “And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.”
Peter then goes out and weeps bitterly.
I can imagine the disappointment, the shame he felt in that moment.
Because I’ve been there.
Over and over.
I’m guessing you’ve been there too.
We make commitments to the Lord. We surrender areas of our life to Him. We agree with Him about sin in our life.
In those moments, we are adamant that we will make the changes God has revealed to us. Adamant that we will not go backward in those areas. No, we are determined to move forward in our relationship with the Lord.
And then we don’t.
Just like Peter.
Then the Lord “looks” at us and reminds us of our commitments.
And we feel ashamed.
Just like Peter.
Praise the Lord that is not the end of Peter’s story–and it certainly doesn’t have to be the end of ours!
Thankfully, there is so much more to the story.
It starts with the Lord calling us back into fellowship with Him and forgiving us for our sins. He never gives up on us. He just keeps calling us back, guiding our steps, and gently prompting us to move in right direction.
PRAISE THE LORD!
There’s another part to the story, though.
Accepting the forgiveness.
Peter didn’t go hide away and give up on living for the Lord. He met with Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and then he got back to work.
Satan would love for us to remain ashamed, discouraged, and defeated. He wants us to be so filled with remorse and regret that we are ineffective for Christ.
Instead, we need to be like Peter.
Meet with the Lord.
Accept His forgiveness.
And get back to work!