“I tell thee, Peter…” —Luke 22:34
Read Luke 22:24-34
The disciples had been arguing about who would be the greatest among them, and most likely, Peter had also put in his two cents’ worth. Later, the Lord Jesus took him aside and addressed him using his old name “Simon.”
Peter was an impulsive person, and the Lord warned him that Satan would try to sift him like wheat, on a sieve. The small kernels of wheat would drop through the sieve, and Satan hoped that Peter would also fall in this way. He does the same today, seeking to discourage his prey, whispering to them, “Don’t bother seeking the Lord; there is no hope for you.”
In His rebuke, the Lord Jesus was warning Peter that his faith would be tested. The testing would not be easy for Peter, and yet the Lord Jesus gave comfort by telling Peter that He was praying that his faith would not fail. However, Peter dismissed this warning, thinking that he did not need the Lord’s intercession. He thought that he was ready to lay down his life for Him. In his self-confidence, he really believed this. But, when the hour came, Peter not only fled with the others, but he denied his Master as the Lord Jesus predicted.
Be careful, especially when you think that you can handle situations in your own strength. Realize that you need the Lord in everything you do.
Why was Peter warned?
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