This is my 10th blog in a series called “Jesus Said”. The purpose of this series it to take a closer look at the word of God and discover the message God has for us so we don’t drift away from the life He desires for us. Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. Hebrews 2:1 Today we are looking at what Jesus said about permission.
The blueprints of our life don’t always turn out or happen the way we planned or prefer. What Jesus says to Simon Peter during the Last Supper and before He is crucified can be easily passed over because we are so focused on what Simon Peter does and the death of our Savior, but let’s take a close look at what Jesus says about power of permission.
“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.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:31-34
Satan asked if he could test Peter’s faith. To sift him as wheat. Crazy, right?! Ever been through a time (maybe it’s now) in your life where you felt as if you were put through the grinder (or sifted)? I have. Satan has to ask permission, but when he receives it don’t miss what is so amazing. Jesus says this, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail” Jesus, the Son of God praying for us. For you and for me every time we are in a trail, feel as if we can’t take one more step or seem to have lost all hope. Jesus prays for us. Take a look at some verses from Job that support this idea.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. “The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. Job 1:6-12
Permission! Not really the permission we want God to give, but if we consider it this way – nothing is out of the Master’s hand. He is with us, love us and praying for us in all things. We may only see the back of the cross stitch, but God sees the entire beautiful picture that is creating in us, through us and in what looks like a big mess is His beautiful plan.
May we all find rest in the truth of His word and His promises of protection more than we ever have in the upcoming year.