@WanderingThoughts @Solo @Julia Bell ...
Thought you all might appreciate this, just something that came to mind this evening, especially in the midst of this massive battle I've been going through.
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." -- Luke 22:31-32
That's a troubling and comforting verse at the same time. When Jesus says "when you have turned again," it's like He's saying "I know the trial is coming. What's more, I know you will fail, and you will slap me in the face in the hour of my greatest pain."
But it's kinda like he adds "but I know something Satan doesn't know, and that's that you're going to come out stronger on the other side, and with better knowledge of the depths of my Grace, and when you're on the other side you can use the testimony of your failures to make others stronger."
Troubling: Why would God allow us to go through situations where our failure is predetermined? (Luke 22:34)
Encouraging: Because He knows that failure is necessary for a transformation to take place, and that the triple-denial at the crucifixion would be replaced by a triple-affirmation (John 21:15-17), and the weakling would be replaced by a strong man who would play a critical role in the founding of the early church.
Anybody else ever feel that when thinking of this verse?
All I know is that today was the day I needed to read that, and I did. Wow.
I feel so much better than I did this morning.