I often envision the disciples and their walk with Jesus in those days. I even tell myself that I would have been so faithful. I picture being one of those disciples that just stays by Jesus’s side and breath off every word that came out his mouth. We know Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times even though it was prophesied to him. Humm, we could think that it was a warning for Peter for when it was happening to change the outcome, but Jesus already knew his heart, just like He knows ours now.
As I read Matthew 26, the final verse says, “immediately the rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept BITTERLY.
I can’t even begin to imagine how Peter must have felt at the very moment when everything started flooding through his mind, how feelings of desperation, loneliness, betrayal and much more must have overwhelmed his heart.
In as much as we would like to think we are different from Peter or would have acted differently in that situation we all are like Peter in our lives today.
Just like Peter, God called us
Just like Peter, we have made the choice and commitment to walk with Jesus
Just like Peter, we witness the miracles God have done and continues to do in our lives
Just like Peter, although we have seen the Hand of God in all we do, we question and doubt God when our faith and trust is put to the test
Just like Peter, How many times have we disowned God and walked in our own ways when God calls us to walk with him into the unknown? How many times have we disowned God when it challenges our self- servicing purposes, when our situation calls us to stand firm and back up what and who we believe in.
Although we tend to judge others in their walk and their choices, we fail to realize that we are humans and God knows this. He already sees our mess-ups before we do just like He foretold Peter. Even though we have the Bible as a guideline and examples of those who walked before us and their mistakes, we do repeat our own daily.
Today, I pray instead of saying “dang Peter how could you”, lets focus on being a better “me” in our faith so that when God calls us to get out the boat and walk on water, we are willing, ready and confident enough in the father and not our surroundings or circumstances to drown. Let’s perfect and strengthen our faith daily.