Is it necessary?
One day, Jesus turned to Peter and said “.. “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32
I have a feeling that wasn’t what Peter had expected. If Jesus was aware the devil wanted to sift him, why wouldn’t Jesus just pray to cancel it. After all “He reveals to redeem right”?. Honestly, there are some trials and testings I’d rather not go through, and will give anything to bypass those. I’m almost certain you can relate, dear reader.
The sifting is usually necessary though. It builds character; exposes the areas of your life you need to tighten up; grows your faith; prepares you for your next level; it reveals you to you. If you allow yourself to go through the sifting, you will come out as gold!
Peter wouldn’t have become the great leader he became if he hadn’t gone through that painful period of denying his Master, endured a season of self-condemnation, and then experienced the joys of restoration. The others’ sustained faith depended on Peter’s sifting!
Romans 5 tells us problems and trials help us develop endurance, and endurance develops strength of character. Your sifting is a necessary part of your growth as a child of God. Jesus prayed for Peter but he still had to be sifted! May God give you the grace to go through it. I can’t wait to see you on the other side!
Love, Lady Monica ❤️
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