At that time, Peter was still in the yard. A servant girl of the high priest came to Peter. The girl saw Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked closely at Peter. Then the girl said, “You were with Jesus, that man from Nazareth.”
— Mark 14:66-67 ERV (Read Full Text)
Peter needs to warm his soul, but the fire can warm only his body. The chill that Peter faces is the kind of chill that descends upon those who are profoundly disappointed, confused, and disillusioned with their faith. He could not stay awake in the Garden while Jesus prayed. Even though he drew a sword and tried to start a fight with the enemy, when Jesus told him to put the sword away, he didn’t know what else to do. When the Lord was led away by an angry mob that had been directed to the place of prayer by Judas, one of Peter’s friends, Peter’s heart was broken and conflicted. So now, as he warms himself in the night chill, he is about to face a deeper chill—the chill of failure, brokenness, and defeat. When we find ourselves battling with those same issues, we need to remember that Peter’s story doesn’t end with his weakness, abandonment, denials, and failure. His story ends only after God uses him mightily. God can use each of us that way, too, if we will only let him.
Father, please forgive me and heal me. I need your grace, dear Father, but most of all I need you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on November 20, 2016