“Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the High Priest, he went with Jesus into the high priests courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and bought Peter in.” (John 18:15-16)
Peter followed Jesus to his trial, he watched the people milling around waiting to see what would happen to the man they called The Christ. Peter waited to see what they were going to do with Jesus, he waited, I’m sure, to see what Jesus would do for or to them, after all He is The Son of God!
Peter waited and watched and each time he was challenged as being “one of them” or “with Jesus” he flatly denied it, even calling curses upon himself if their accusations were true!
Here was a man who had stood face to face with Jesus and proclaimed he would never deny or disown Him. Do you ever find yourself in the same situation? At church you worship the risen Savior, speak His words in faith over your situation. You believe and trust.
Yet faced with a disease that does not let up its crippling attacks do you begin to deny who Jesus is? Do you lose faith in the One who can help you because your situation is not turning out the way you expected or wanted?
When questioned about your faith in the situation you face do you deny Gods ability by making excuses for why you are not healed?
Isaiah 55:9 says, “So are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God does not always change our situation the way we want or expect but He does use it to make us stronger in Him if we look to Him.
Jobs wife said to him “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job2:9) But Job held on to the truth. He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job2:10)
God does not always do things the way we expect him to, our situation may get better, or worse, and if it does, does that mean He is not at work? He is not doing the right thing to help?
We shouldn’t deny God just because He is not working the way we think He should. We shouldn’t deny God because we fear our belief in Him will cause us more pain than we already have. We shouldn’t deny Him because the situation we are in has not gotten any better.
God can come in and obliterate the enemy. He can change our situation in an instant. If He doesn’t, we shouldn’t deny His ability! Hold on, hang on no matter what you are facing, it is worth it in the end when His plan unfolds. Look where Peter went, from strength to strength, we can too.
Prayer: Lord when my faith in you is slipping, when I am focused on the situation rather than your ability; renew my faith as only you can, by Your Spirit.
About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand, her walk with the Lord has been over mountains and through valleys but He has remained her constant support and her ever loving Father.
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When was the last time you tried to tell God what you thought He should do? What was the result?