He Really Meant It
| Some might doubt his
sincerity but I certainly do not. Christ had just told His apostles of His
imminent trials and how they would react toward them. He prayed that their
faith would not fail them. Peter was so confident that he would not fail
and said, "Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to
death" (Luke 22:33). Of course, we later learn he was not near as
strong as he considered himself at that moment. But after his three
denials, take a look at his life and you will see the demonstration of
genuine penitence for his sin which only magnifies how sincere he was when
he said what he did to the Lord.
We might often consider ourselves stronger than we really are. We can be very sincere about our determination to stay close to the Lord. But Satan is strong also and can tempt us and draw us away if we are not ever alert. Should we stumble as did Peter, will we return as strongly as did he in the Master's service? We can, should, and hopefully always would.