The Furnace of Failure - Tuesday December 10, 2013
Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:1
We learn a few things in today's verse about Simon Peter, the author of this book.
So many of God's champions were men and women who experienced real failure in their lives: David, Abraham, Moses, and many others. But I would say Peter is near the top of the list when we think about people who really experienced failure in their lives.
Peter got out of the boat and walked on water for a few moments, but then he got his eyes on his circumstances and started to sink. Jesus actually rebuked Peter's faith.
Perhaps the biggest failure in Peter's life was when he denied the Lord: "Even if all fall away, I will not...Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you" (Mark 14:29, 31 NIV). And we know what happened next. It wasn't long until a servant girl said, "Hey, I can tell by your accent that you're one of His followers." What did Peter do? He cussed a blue streak saying, "I do not know this man you are talking about" (Mark 14:71). That moment, Jesus' glance from across the room caught Peter's. The Scripture says that Peter went out and wept bitterly.
How many of you would say that you've been around the block enough times in your walk with God that you have experienced some kind of failure in your Christian life? I would put my hand up. Have you cried those bitter tears? Let them come, go ahead. Don't be afraid of failure. We need to learn that character can be formed in the furnace of failure.
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