““Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.””
Luke 22:31-32 NIV
Even though, in your heartache, you feel like you have failed, you faith doesn’t need to. In fact, as far as I know from my experience, it’s in your heartache that your faith can rise to new levels. Because all you thought you had can be sifted down to nothing and the only thing you know you have left, is Jesus.
This is when your heart can cry out like mine did “You are everything I have and all I need.”
Today a man heard part of my story and he said “the beautiful thing about your story is that Gods strength becomes your own and you’re left with strength you can then deposit into the lives of others that will strengthen them.”
This was the message Jesus was telling Peter before Peter denied Jesus three times. He abandoned and betrayed the man he said he would never leave. He became the victim of his own heartbreak.
We can often feel like we’ve lost all chances of regaining a relationship with God. Like we blew it. But we can never mess this relationship up with God because He will always forgive us. He then decides to use us, not in spite of, but because of, our failure. Our failure becomes the very thing that brings us to the people God wants to use us to minister to.
In that place, faith rises up, Hope is restored and purpose is found. Peter went on to lead the first revival of all time. Because he understood grace, he was able to preach about it with conviction. You too will know the grace and love of God because of, and not inspite of, your heart break- so don’t despise it. He’s right there in the midst of it with you.
We thank you that you forgive us and that your grace is sufficient in our weakness. Show us now to apply that grace to the lives of those around us. Help us to not be so caught up in what we did wrong that we fail to see the beauty of you turning it all around.
Please open my heart to the new thing you are doing and lead me to those around me that you want me to deposit strength into. In Jesus name, Amen.