Today's reading is Luke 22.1-38. I am enjoying reading Luke's gospel each day. By using the SOAP method of study, I am gleaning more and more from God's Word daily.
Luke 22.31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I (Jesus) have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
Satan must seek permision from God before afflicted one of His children. Yet, during it all, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding for us to prevail against evil. It is only through adversity that we strengthen our faith in God to withstand the trials and storms of life. For more on this, read Job 1-2.10.
I will face many trials and storms in my life. In John 16.33, Jesus states, "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble (tribulations). But take heart! I have overcome the world." In Luke 22, Jesus is telling Simon Peter that although he will be sifted like wheat by Satan, he will not lose faith. His faith will be renewed and he would become a leader. This will happen to me, too. I need to hold fast to God; so when trials end, I will be even stronger in my faith.
Father.... I'm amazed how you work in the lives of your people. Both Job and Simon Peter suffered much, but You kept their faith and blessed them in the end. I pray You work in my life as You did in theirs. Help me to bless You in the midst of my storms of life and allow You to use me during the difficult times. Amen