The Proving of Renewal

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.” – John 11:36-38
The truth of God’s Word reveals that God has a purpose for each of our lives. But, it also reveals that the process that we must go through to see His purpose become reality in our life can, at times, prove to be difficult. It’s hard, not because God is tough on His children and not because He wants His will to be far outside of our reach, but because we are often stubborn and unwilling to surrender our wants for His will. We place too much confidence in our flesh and attempt to gain victories in areas that we simply aren’t capable of achieving. We underestimate our adversary and make the choice to press forward without relying on the power of God to fight the battle for us. In doing so, God knows that we will fail. But, in His graciousness, God allows certain trials, pre-purpose preparations, to enter our life not to hurt us but rather to expose to us our own weaknesses, shortcomings, and selfishness. He allows our circumstances to pull back the curtains of our own deceitful heart so that we may be confronted with our own inability and, in humility, cry out to God for His forgiveness, His wisdom, and His strength so that His will can be accomplished both in and through our life.

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay