Scripture Reading — John 21:4-17
Praise the Lord Beloved,
happy Wednesday to you.
Today’s focal verse John 21:15:
“Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Beloved, John 18:18 says that Peter warmed himself by a fire the night he denied his Lord three times. As the smell of outdoor fish being cooked floated toward Peter, surely it brought back bitter memories of his past failure.
Beloved, when Jesus asked for some fish, Peter quickly rushed off to supply it.
But the question that stands at hand is:
“Was Peter really excited to get away briefly, or was he really trying to show he could be helpful?
Beloved, Jesus knows our past failures can seriously obstruct our future efforts and disconnect the energy pack of daily joy from the lives of His followers. Now “I” think Jesus was deliberately recreating the scene to help Peter face his past and be renewed in His service.
Beloved, I don’t know what past failures may be harming your present pursuits or what unhealed hurts may be hindering you from following Jesus.
But let me tell you, constantly picking at a deep infected wound can be very painful and the healing process may be slow at best.
Beloved, run to Him and stop revisiting old pain. Stay focused on what’s ahead and not behind.
Look at the scars in His hands. He understands our hurts and knows how to heal them.
“To God Be the Glory”