Devotion by: Judy Hopkins
Jesus’ Religious Trials
The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?” “No, he said, “I am not.” John 18:17
If I were in Peter’s place, I would have never denied You, Lord! How many times have I reiterated that phrase to Him? And, how many times have I denied His truth, His forgiveness, His healing, or His hope? The Lord knew Peter’s denials, and He knows ours. Our Lord forgave him, as He forgives us! He knows our trials, our limits, our pain, and our hearts. Like Peter, our Lord will use them and us. Of this, I am confident because He has turned all my trials, pain, disappointments and suffering into blessings. He not only does this for us but also for those around us.
And, as they watched Peter, people are watching us! They’re hoping we don’t deny Him but that we demonstrate Him. They want to see the difference He makes in us and to see us decidedly determined to face our trials with an uncommon strength that never gives up! They want to see our endurance turn into eternal benefits and our growth into a grace-filled life. They truly want to see His joy in spite of our circumstances, because that is Jesus.
Jesus used Peter’s story to show us how to live through every trial not to survive, but to thrive because:
What we don’t know how to live through, Jesus died for
When we don’t how to go on, Jesus endured and paved the way
When we feel hopeless, that’s when we will meet Jesus
“The way to survive waves is to keep the beat of your heart in rhythm with the One who walks on water.” -- Ann Voskamp, Survival Guide for the Soul