31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
Of all the times I have read this passage I never realised this warning from Jesus was directed to all the disciples. The ‘sift you’ is plural meaning ‘sift you all’ however the ‘I have prayed to you’ is singular meaning Peter alone. It is interesting to note the context for this was a dispute over who was the greatest disciple and it’s not hard to imagine Peter being a highly vocal participant.
This has left me wondering about the nature of failing faith or more specifically non-failing faith. What are the characteristics of robust faith that does not break when tested?
The answer is, there are many characteristics to robust faith but according to the context here I suggest ‘humility’ is what allows us to best manage faith-testing hardship.
You may not agree with this idea, but it is still worth taking time today to think about the qualities of humility that God is looking for in His people. How does humility reveal itself in your daily life and how has humility helped you endure personal hardship?
Lord, I ask you to help us during times of wavering faith and reveal to us the kind of humility you desire us to exercise in our daily lives.
Written by David Newton