Return to Him
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32
I love this verse and the reminder that we serve a powerful God. David Guzik emphasizes that Satan had to ask permission to sift Peter. Satan wanted to destroy Peter. What prevents this from happening is not Peter himself, but the fact that Jesus prays on his behalf. This is awesome! Jesus intercedes on our behalf.
“Peter’s faith would falter, but not fail. Jesus did not see the temporary lapse that was to come as a failure of faith, because He knew that Peter would return to Him.” – David Guzik
As a Christian, I love Jesus and want to live a life that demonstrations this. Unfortunately, the occupational hazard of being human is sin. My denial may not be as verbal as Peter’s, but choosing to not give into the desires of my flesh is a daily battle (hence we are called to take up our cross daily, not weekly or annually).
In saying this, we can draw immense hope from this passage; we will falter, but we must never fail. Peter faltered but he knew the importance of returning immediately.
Once we have returned we need to strengthen others. This is something God has been challenging me with, to be more vulnerable in sharing times when I have faltered and returned.
Joyce Meyer says, “Satan wishes to trouble you and toss you about… in order to bring your faithfulness to me [God] to decay”.
So to conclude I am encouraged knowing that:
Trouble will come but I will take heart knowing that I may falter but I will not fail because Jesus is interceding for me. Being tossed about sucks but I will remember, “…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
Therefore, I will not fall into a spiral of guilt but I will return to Him who loves me immeasurably more than I can imagine. And I will strengthen others on their journey through my vulnerability as “…iron sharpens iron…” (Proverbs 27:17)
God, strengthen me through times of sifting, and make me vulnerable, so others will be encouraged on their journey.