What Jesus Did! 'Overstating Our Courage' — Luke 22:33-34

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!" But Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!"
— Luke 22:33-34 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:33-34 NLT — "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!"   ——   "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!"

Key Thought

One of our weaknesses as mere mortals is to overstate our courage. So often, we fail to realize the power of fear—why else would the Bible contain so many commands not to be afraid? Peter's intentions are genuine, but the power of discouragement, despair, disillusionment, and fear is greater. What commitments have you made to the Lord that you did not keep? Even though Peter would deny his Lord three times, the Lord worked in Peter's life so that he would not be destroyed. He can do the same for you in your times of failure and loss. However, we should take Peter's warning as our own. When we feel strong, we are often most vulnerable. Our strength must come from the Lord and not our feelings of invincible faith.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, thank you for loving Peter even though you knew he would let you down. Thank you for restoring and using him after his sinfulness and failure. My desire, O God, is to never trust in my own strength, but in your power at work in me. When I begin to get too full of myself and too confident in my own power, please humble me gently so that in crucial moments I will not fail you! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 21:15-19
  • 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
  • Proverbs 16:18

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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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