We are proud parents of five children, and currently eight grandchildren. Between time spent with my our children, their children, and the children of church members we’ve been blessed to share life with, I’ve seen many games children play. One of my favorites occurs when a child is somewhere between 1-2. They cover their eyes and because they can’t see others, they are convinced others can’t see them. When does that game stop?
Our little ones have a mistaken view of the world around them based on their limited perception. We find it amusing, smile, but seldom learn from it. Scripture records one of Jesus’ closest friends playing games after Jesus was taken from Gethsemane by Roman guards.
Peter’s perception of events, of Jesus, and God’s purpose in it all was as limited as any toddler. Earlier in the evening, before Jesus was arrested, Peter said he would never deny Christ. Jesus prophesied Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed in the morning. With the events unfolding rapidly and anger building all around him, Peter played peek-a-boo with reality. God is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. He looks into our hearts and weighs our motives. He knows what we will think before the thoughts cross our minds. He has declared our hearts to be wicked above all things and only He can know their depths. Peter hid himself from the truth of Who Jesus is and denied knowing Him. Peter was convinced he could hide behind his own lies and no one would know. Upon Peter’s final denial, Luke records, Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, (22:60b-61a).
Is it getting a bit more difficult to look down on Peter? For those that still interested in pointing fingers, have we (have you) given up the childish game we play with the Lord. The enemy tempts us to hide behind our own desires, our own failures, our own indifference, and act like God doesn’t know what we are doing. Our limited perception of God is even greater than our child’s limited perception of us. But God is always with us, formed us in our inward parts, and knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet, as He did not condemn Peter, He doesn’t condemn us. He simply calls us to honesty about ourselves by saying, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleans us from all unrighteousness, (I John 1:9).
Confess means ‘to agree with God.’ I must agree He loves me beyond my ability to know. His Word says He is good in all His ways and cannot do evil. Therefore, I can trust Him enough not to hide from Him in the games I am tempted to play. Love casts out fear and love demonstrates itself. Loving Him is demonstrated by my fearless giving of myself to Him. Truth is, I am a bundle of weakness. The incredible news is, He doesn’t care! My Father just asks me to give my weaknesses to Him so He demonstrate His strength in them. How awesome is that? O, about that honesty thing…I have to be honest enough to admit I have weaknesses! Think about it.
Soli Deo Gloria!
- No.way (jimkane.wordpress.com)