The Lord said, 'Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have all of you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers.' Luke 22:31 WEB
Peter told Jesus that he was ready to go to prison and to die for Him if needed, which was a very bold statement. Then Jesus told Peter that satan had asked to test him, to sift him like wheat, to reveal what was inside of him. When they ground wheat to make flour, they would sift it to leave all the impurities behind.
This is what satan wanted to reveal in Peter, the impurities, and one of the big ones was fear. Peter was soon going to deny that he even knew Jesus three times because he was afraid. Peter was not there when Jesus was crucified or entombed, because he was afraid.
Jesus had told Peter, 'when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.' So Jesus knew that Peter was going to be tested for a season, and that Peter was going to fail the test. He wanted Peter to get back up, to continue on, and to strengthen the others, even though he had failed the test. Sometimes we are tested to reveal what is inside of us to ourselves. Peter did not know that much fear was inside of him, until after the test. Sifting strains out the bad, and brings the hidden things into plain view.
Maybe in the past you have made a bold statement that you would serve God no matter what, then the what happened, and you failed. Get back up, keep going, continue on God's path. Jesus knew that it would happen before He called you, and while you were telling Him about it, but He called you just the same. He is not mad at you when you fail a test. We are all sifted like wheat.Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for You know best and I choose to trust You with my life. Please strengthen me and make me stedfast. Draw my heart to You and light a fire within me today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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