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When Failure’s Not Final And Favor Ain’t Fair

  9/1/2015, devotion for week #35 
  Reference: Peter was a genuine witness to his claim when in his epistle he refers to God as “the God of all grace…” I Peter 5:10.

The disciple turned apostle Peter knew firsthand what it was like to be on the receiving end of God’s faithfulness even when he was unfaithful. Be encouraged by his life's story partly found in Matt. 14:28, 16:21-23, 26:51-53, 69-74, Acts 2:14-41.  

The life of Peter is an interesting one. He was so impulsive, quick to react and speak. He had a sense of enthusiasm as he followed Christ that often was misguided.

It was Peter who asked Jesus to bid him to walk on water after witnessing Jesus doing the same. Jesus complied. Peter began his trek across the sea, thereby demonstrating a unique power of God. He was doing fine until he turned his attention to the high waves, panicked, took his eyes off Jesus and began sinking.

Peter tried to protect Jesus from suffering. Shortly after Peter had so eloquently testified to Jesus’ true identity as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” he privately protested Jesus’ prophecy of his suffering, death and resurrection. It was a reaction to which Jesus responded “Get behind me, Satan.”

During Jesus’ intense arrest in the Garden at one point Peter cuts off a soldier’s ear but later when Peter was pressed about his association with Jesus, he denied knowing Jesus not once, not twice, but three times.

These are a few examples seen as failures in Peter’s character during his experience following Jesus Christ. And yet, Peter is the one whom God by his grace chose to preach on the day the Holy Spirit gave birth to the church. God favored Peter despite his repeated failures in his life.

His life is an object lesson for us. God sees more in us than we see in ourselves. He is always poised to allow His favor to compensate for our failures—if we're committed to following Him.

Based on Peter’s experiences, we are challenged to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We should uphold the witness of who Jesus is to us. We should resist at all cost the temptation of being ashamed of who Jesus is. 



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