Simon Peter and another one of Jesus' followers went with Jesus. This follower knew the high priest. So he went with Jesus into the yard of the high priest's house. But Peter waited outside near the door. The follower that knew the high priest came back outside. He spoke to the girl that opened the gate for people. Then he brought Peter inside. The girl at the gate said to Peter, "Are you also one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" Peter answered, "No, I am not!" It was cold, so the servants and guards had built a fire. They were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter was standing with these men.
— John 18:15-18 NLT
Jesus protected his disciples from harm. Peter, on the other hand, is confused. Hours earlier, he had proclaimed his love and had predicted his faithfulness to Jesus even in the face of death. He had proved that faithfulness by drawing a sword to help defend his Lord. Now, however, he wavers in his loyalty when the prospects are not a glorious victory in battle. Confusion and disappointment with what we think should be God's methods often lead us to moments of withered loyalty, too. Let's remember the lesson of Peter; just because things are not going the way we think they should go doesn't mean that God has abandoned us. God does bring the victory, but oftentimes it comes at a different time and through a different doorway than we presume.
Our Lord God, forgive me for those times my loyalty wavered and withered under the onslaught of unexpected trials. So often, dear Father, I get an idea of how I think things should go. I expect you to follow my path, rather than for me to be faithful as I follow your path. Forgive my arrogance, my impatience, and my Peter-like confusion. Thank you, dear Father, for the sure knowledge that you do restore those of us who waver and that you do make us stronger even when our weakness has caused that failure. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Luke 22:21-32
- Proverbs 16:25
- Proverbs 3:1-7
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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