The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
"The Journey to the Cross”
Day 29: Reading – Matthew 26:31-35
Focus: 33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples
Never say never! Those that know Grace do not boast any longer in their abilities or in themselves. Their boast if any at all is always in the Lord. Peter, just like you and I forgot his frailties, natural tendencies and boastfully hedged his bet on his own power and sufficiency to withstand temptation and the onslaught of the devil only to wilt away at the slightest inquiry from a teenage girl. Before you judge Peter, consider your daily routine. Do you get up and spend time in God’s presence for renewal, do you even whisper a "Good morning, Holy Spirit" when you wake up ? How about a simple "Thank you, Jesus" for another day ?
Where is your confidence ? In yourself ?
Our strength regardless of the intensity isn’t sufficient to withstand the pressures, trials and squeeze of the world. We need Jesus Christ, God’s ability, power and grace to live, move, walk and do all that’s commanded in the bible. On our Christian journey, the confidence, trust, hope and focus we exude must be from the Lord. Recall Peter in Matthew 14:30, who walked on water by fixing his gaze on Jesus and on our journey so must we. When we shift our gaze from Jesus due to external factors, public opinion, personal doubts or feelings we start to sink. Read verse 33 again; is that a boastful declaration or deep rooted confidence in God’s grace and ability?
I pray that we all accept and embrace God’s grace readily available in Jesus Christ today.