Day 24: Beyond Your Failures
A friend of mine recently lost his job and is actively seeking another. One morning he told me that a plumbing job just escaped his grasp and that someone far less qualified than him got it.
Knowing my friend's desire to live in God's life, I asked him if he thought anything could have prevented him from getting that job if God wanted it for him. "If I messed up, somehow," he responded.
"So are you saying that God isn't bigger than your mistakes?"
It's a misconception far too many of us indulge. If our freedom to trust God hinges on our ability to get everything right then we're really back to trusting ourselves, aren't we? If God isn't bigger than my halting attempts to learn how to walk with him, I might as well give up now.
But he is! That's the lesson he taught Peter on the night he let him face the biggest failure of his life. He told him it would happen, but Peter was certain that he was strong enough to endure any threat to his relationship with Jesus.
Don't you wish Jesus had just sent Peter home, telling him to lock the doors, crawl under the covers and wait for Sunday morning? Jesus didn't even try to stop Peter from following him to Caiaphas' house where he would betray his friend.
What's even more amazing is that before Peter even messes up, Jesus already prayed him past it. "But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:32). Please understand what Jesus was doing here. He had already factored Peter's failure in before he had made it. He knew what Peter didn't know. He could have saved him the anguish, but he wanted Peter to come to the end of his rope and learn that he could not trust in his own ability to follow Jesus.
I suspect it was the most painful but most joyous lesson Peter ever learned. Where there was less of Peter, there was more of God and his rule. Don't think for a moment that the slips and spills of learning to live in the Father's love will exclude you from his table. God is able to work in you and through you despite what you lack.He knows that learning to live in the confidence of his love amidst the realities of everyday life is the most difficult thing you'll ever learn.
This is an excerpt from Wayne Jacobsen's He Loves Me. Download a PDF of this life-changing book by clicking the link below.