When Matthew recorded that incident, I believe he left out something. The twinkle in Jesus’ eyes.
Jesus was proud of Peter. He alone walked on the water. He alone had the faith to do that, even if he did not finish it as well as he had begun.
But make no mistake, the Lord thought a great deal of this young man.
After all, whom the Lord loves, He chastens.
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves, He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:5-6, quoting Proverbs 3:11-12).
If He didn’t believe in you so strongly, He would pass you by and leave you on the bench.
Only to Peter did Jesus say, “Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not….” (Luke 22:31-32).
Jesus believes in you. That’s why the early disciples were honored to be called on to suffer for the Lord (Acts 5:41). They knew how this works.
Someone says, “I wish He didn’t have so much confidence in me.” Many of God’s choice servants have thought that and voiced it.
Be faithful, friend. You will be glad you hung in there through these trying times.
This article was written by Joe McKeever and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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