Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Day 6 of our 40 Day Journey
We are midway through the week. Maybe you’ve had some challenges or bumps along the way. Maybe you’re discouraged by the humps you have to get over and the pot holes you’ve hit. They are not fun, but maybe they are good.
Matthew tells us after Peter’s powerful confession of faith;
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Matthew 16:21-22
Jesus was describing the journey. A way of struggle, hardship, and suffering. It’s the reality that the narrow road is at times a hard road. It’s the truth that the hard road is the road to glory. Is there some suffering on your journey?
Peter did not want the Lord to suffer. Who wants a friend to suffer? Who wants to suffer? I don’t. I am with young Peter, I’d rather it never happen to you or me. But this same Peter, later in life, said:
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1Peter 5:10
There is more to say about suffering, but Peter who initially stood firm against it had come to realize that suffering is part of the journey to eternal glory. It is part of how we grow and mature. And we can fight it (as young Peter did) or we can look for the Lord in it. Lord, how are you restoring and confirming, strengthening and establishing me through the struggles and suffering of this week.
Today, would you be willing to welcome whatever the Lord brings your way? Would you open yourself to his love and presence and trust that he is working for your good, even through the difficulties? Determination to meet God in your difficulties and persevere with Him.