Day 276 – To Fall is not to Fail
On: August 3, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:31-34

Being a Simon, this warning by Jesus is particularly resonant! Yet it’s aimed at “all of you”, not just Simon Peter. The message is clear: we will, all of us, be tested. In Peter’s case, he will fall, but Jesus will not allow his faith to fail. And once he has been pulled up from his fall, he will be all the stronger to lead his fellow believers.

Begs the question: “Is it good to fall, so we too might become stronger?” Surely we shouldn’t set ourselves up for a fall, but we ought not to be scared of taking the right risks that could lead to a fall. If our motivation in taking risk is right, we need not fear for, if we do fall, we have One who is mighty to save: We do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

Parallel to this thought is the fact that, if we “push the boat out for Jesus”, we will, most likely, find ourselves under spiritual attack. But: The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. 2 Timothy 4:18

A health warning: do not confuse confidence in our Saviour with arrogance in our own strength. This was Peter’s weakness: “I’ll never deny you”, he said  – yet he did, just hours later. Yet: It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Conclusion? Don’t be frightened of pushing the boat out; but beware of that rooster!

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, as I follow You, I know You will lead me to risky places, where I may come under spiritual attack and find myself falling. But to fall is not to fail: thank you that You hold me safely in Your arms and will restore me. Amen.

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