God Is Faithful; Even When We’re Not
This is a continuation in our Study of the Gospel of Matthew
Regrets are always painful. Especially when they are huge regrets that you wish you could change. How you treated your spouse and children, how you wasted your life in a job that you hated. All of these can cause anxiety later in life. Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny Him when it came to Peter’s moment of truth. Peter said no way that could happen; but Peter wasn’t aware of the fear and anxiety and the idols that lay deep in his heart. Hebrews 3:8-14 is a warning that our hearts can be deceitful enough to cause unbelief when we least expect it. We may feel that we have a rock solid relationship with Jesus, until something big in our life causes us enough pain and anxiety to re-think our faith. Peter thought for sure, there was no way he could ever deny His Lord; until it appeared to Peter that his “Lord” was not what He was supposed to be, and now it would cost him his own life. Our “Deceitful” hearts are subtle more often than they are public, and it’s not until we are placed under duress that we realize who we really are. Peter failed the test, but thanks be to God, His Lord remained faithful to His promise (See Matthew 16:18) in spite of Peter’s faithlessness. Peter’s consequences were painful tears, but they would soon be wiped away by a risen and gracious savior!
As believers in Christ, while our regrets can hurt a lot, they do not define us, and they don’t have to shape us. Peter was fully restored by Jesus, who paid for his sins, his denial, and his prejudices on the cross He took upon himself.
- Do you live with any regrets?
- What cause regrets in our life?
- What would cause Peter to deny Jesus, whom he knew so well?
- How would this shape Peter’s life and ministry?
- Why do you think this happened to Peter and not the other eleven?