Day 228/260: Read John 18
The apostle Peter is remembered for many things. He was a part of the “inner circle” of apostles along with James and John. He was the focus of much of the first half of the book of Acts, which included the establishment of the church in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost. He wrote two inspired epistles that were preserved for us.
Yet, for all the good that Peter accomplished, he certainly had his less-than-stellar moments. He may be most remembered for his denial of the Lord, recorded in all four accounts of the gospel. Initially, Peter is ready to fight and defend the Lord, drawing his sword and cutting off Malchus’ ear as Jesus is betrayed in the garden. But then, he reaches his persona low, three times claiming that he did not know Jesus.
It is not difficult to see part of the problem. Peter put himself in a precarious position. “Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and hey warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.”
The closer we get to the enemies of the Lord, the easier it becomes to separate ourselves from Him and His truth. Peter was asked three times if he knew Jesus, and three times he denied it, all while in the company of the Lord’s enemies. It is easy to be bold with a friendly audience, but when surrounded by an antagonistic crowd, one’s boldness may waver.
Surround yourself with people who will support your faith; avoid becoming comfortable with those who will help you lose it.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
John 17:17. Sanctify them by Your _____________. Your word is _____________.
Pray for faithful friends.