Luke 22:31 (HCSB)“Simon, Simon,[f] look out! Satan has asked to sift you[g] like wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you[h] that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”33 “Lord,” he told Him, “I’m ready to go with You both to prison and to death!”34 “I tell you, Peter,” He said, “the rooster will not crow today until[i] you deny three times that you know Me!”
All of us make tracks through the valley of failure. Then the key question is, What we will do next? Sadly, many believers who stumble give up a vibrant kingdom-serving life for a defeated existence. But failure can also be a chance for a new beginning of living in Christ’s strength. Now this is a serious matter I see especially now that I am developing a Ministry.
In the mindset of pride, Peter thought his faith was the strongest of all the disciples’ and swore that even if the others left Jesus, he never would (Luke 22:33). Yet when the time of testing came, he denied even knowing Jesus-and did so three times (Matt. 26:69-75). Satan planned and hoped the disciple would be so wounded by his own disloyalty that his faith would be undermined by shame, condemnation, and despair. Satan desires that we would fail right into futility also sisters and brothers!
Likewise, when the Enemy sifts believers today, his goal is for us to become shelved and ineffective for God’s kingdom. That’s why he goes after our strengths, especially the areas in which we proudly consider ourselves invincible. ( I am experiencing this right now in my life) But if we are willing, the Lord can use our failures to do spiritual housecleaning, as He did in Peter’s life. After the resurrection, Jesus met with the disciple personally and restored him, preparing him to become a great leader in the early church. He made it clear that Peter’s potential to serve was defined, not by failure, but by his unwavering love for Jesus.
Failure was the catalyst that grew Peter into a stronger, more authentic man of God. Are you experiencing what you or someone else may consider failure in some area of your life? Just remember failure is the step that takes place before God can use us in the most effective ways. Enjoy the rest of this day family of God.