When We Fail

“And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, ‘before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:75)

Jesus had warned him. Peter didn’t believe it. Who’s to say all the factors hadn’t contributed to his failure? Pride, lack of sleep, fear, Jesus’ scolding before the disciples first and then in front of the soldiers. It all played a part. None of that mattered to Peter at the moment. The salty fisherman was sobbing like a young child.

He knew what he’d done. He just didn’t know where to go from there. How could he be trusted to defend Kingdom citizens when he betrayed the King?

No watchman likes to consider the possibility of failure. The stakes are too high. But for us to ignore the warning Jesus gave Peter leaves us open to his mistake. Our inadequacies are what initially brought us to Jesus for salvation. We dare not deny them now.

We didn’t become superhuman when we became His disciple; we gained access to His supernatural power. We still blow it. Sometimes, we blow it royally.

Jesus knew Peter’s denial before it happened. He knows yours too. When Peter fell off the wall, Jesus lovingly restored him to a place of trust. He can do the same for you. Allow Jesus to heal the wound your failure caused. He wants to use you still.

Prayer

Lord, you know I’ve failed you too many times to count. Thank you that the count falls back to zero when I come to you seeking forgiveness. I humbly admit my failure. Give me the strength to stand strong this time.

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