“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has DEMANDED PERMISSION to sift [all of] you like grain; but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [AND CONFIDENCE IN ME] may not fail…” (Luke 22:31-32 AMP).
Beloved, the All-knowing Jesus looked at Peter and knowing what was to come said, “I’ve prayed that after this trial, you will still have confidence in Me”. Isn’t that touching? Jesus prayed… don’t lose CONFIDENCE IN ME… because to be honest, many get angry and disappointed with God when we go through certain things. “But You could have stopped this? Why are You making me go through this? Why do I have to pay such a high price for this calling? I’m not sure about You anymore… or like the disciples said… We had hoped He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel (Luke 24:21 NLT).”
Hmmm… Every now and then, when the Lord wants to do something new, He looks down on earth and may have to bypass some people to find Mary, Jesus Mother who is highly favoured and would carry out His plan but would have to be okay with your wedding plans been disrupted, people looking at you strangely as the lying ‘Holy Spirit made me pregnant’ Baby mother and having to watch your Son suffer and be crucified. God may have to bypass some people to find Job, a double blessing reward candidate who would not curse Him and die when under pressure (Job 2:9-10). He may have to bypass some people to find Joseph, the next governor who would still maintain their integrity while facing trials and is able to discern and embrace God’s overall purpose so he can say… You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20 NLT).
Beloved, to partner with God to carry out His will always come with great trials but are we like Peter that said I don’t know this Man? (John 18:15-27). This is too much for me, I’m going back to my fishing career (John 21:3) Or like Job that bowed down and worshiped Him (Job 1:20)?
What is your attitude like when faced with trials? I remember waking up one morning and saying, “Lord, no pleasantries today, let’s just go straight to the point. Just tell me what You want me to do and I’ll do it”. LOL… Please don’t judge just pray for me. I was clearly not a happy child that day but I always remember what He told me a few years back. He said “are you not still standing?” Hmmm… with everything I’ve been through, that’s a testimony and I often find myself thanking Him for making me pass through some things because I won’t be the person I am today.
Beloved, God will not give you more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Jesus is praying for you not to lose CONFIDENCE IN HIM because there’s a purpose for it.