A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept. Mark 14:72
We all mess up and we all let others down, sometimes in life. Oh, I know it is usually not intentional, but since there we live in this imperfect world, it is inevitable. So how do we deal with that reality? How do we handle it when we miss the mark? One way is to pretend it never happened or hope no one saw it. Another option is to hide it and keep it in the secret place where no one has to know. You could blame someone else and try to sooth your conscience that way, but the best way is to own it and quickly confess it to the Lord and get rid of it. Don’t wait until it is noticed by others, or you get caught in the act. Get rid of it as soon as it happens. No need to carry that load, Jesus did it for you.
Today’s passage is a little different in that Peter was caught before he blew it. Jesus told him before they got to the garden that night that he was going to deny Him. However, Peter argued and said that would never happen. Peter could have stopped to consider that the Lord had said it so it must be true. He could have asked Jesus, “Is there any way to stop it” or asked Him for help? He could have asked “What can I do so it doesn’t happen?” Maybe he shouldn’t have followed Jesus when He was arrested and scattered like the others did. He did have options.
The options are the first place to start when facing temptation. Consider the consequences and how your are going to feel bad after. Consider what your case will be when you confess it to God. Consider how much better you will be if you pass that mess up and when you do stumble, get back up, own it and repent. Don’t try to hide it and don’t pass the blame. Get with you loving heavenly Father and get your cleansing asap. The best option is to pray and ask for help as soon as the temptations comes along or even before it comes.
Peter did just what Jesus said, but then he carried the burden of it until he saw Jesus again. The scripture says: When he thought about it, he wept. That may have happened every time he thought about it. He could not get rid of it until he was forgiven by the Lord. That was when his peace came.
Today I want to encourage you to pray when temptations comes. You know it will because it always does in some area in life. Don’t even hide the thought when it comes into your mind. Quickly ask the Lord for help. When you do cave into that temptation, be quick to repent and get back up again. Make a plan ahead of time so you don’t keep falling into the same traps. If you have a weak area that you know you struggle with, get the reinforcements ahead of time. Ask the Lord to show you how to resist and get someone who will hold you accountable to help you in the trying moments. You won’t always get it perfectly, but when you make a plan before you fall, you are more likely to get it right the next time. Don’t be like Peter and ignore or deny the warnings, humble yourself and get help, now.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 14:66-72
66 Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”
71 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.