Thursday, October 02, 2008

Ring of Truth: some strange thing

Every once in a while one comes upon a line in the Bible that has such a ring of truth that one knows the writer of that book knows what he is talking about. And that he is writing from his own experience to help us in our own lives.

Was thinking of Peter's being sifted as wheat and then later on when he said something to the effect that when we first believed it is as though something strange had happened to us. Either in 2nd peter or 1st peter. That really made me think.

Luke 22:31 "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat"

1 Peter 4:12 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you"

Then Peter says that this kind of thing happens to believers all over the world.

We don't really see Peter being sifted in the gospels or in the epistles. But he must have suffered a lot. Cause I know what it likes to feel as if one is being sifted as wheat. The only thing we are told about is when Peter's mother-in-law was sick. The first attack on Peter's family when he started to believe in Christ. I suspect Peter's family endured so much that he finally wrote that phrase "as though something strange" because he almost felt like screaming and was working out his salvation with fear and trembling because of this horrendous choreography of evil. Death of wife? death of kids? Kid with some illness? All the devil could throw at him probably. But Jesus prayed for him that his faith would not fail. So I know God who is the author and finisher of our faith is with us. Jesus is praying for us that our faith doesn't fail.

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