It has been a little bit since I blogged and I apologize. I could blame it on the summer but the truth be told, there are a lot of things that are going on in our lives right now. It seems like we are facing several struggles with things not working out and the outlook is pretty dim. I don’t want this blog to become some kind of rant or anything so I will spare you the details but I would like to say that Kristen and I have been experiencing some trials to justify what I am about to say.
I have found that in my limited experience in trials that living this way is just no fun. My experience of trials is limited because I have not had any major tragedy in my life, like a child dying or cancer. Regardless, I have been through some hard things in life and I know enough that to say that trails are hard to go through.
One of the major points of confusion for me is that these trials often come into play when we are following God’s will. Logically, I would think that God would want to make His will as easy to follow as possible, however that is not always the case.
I also find that in these times, it becomes harder to place you faith in Christ. For example, it is always <sarcasm> fun <sarcasm> to go to someone with a problem and they tell you to just read your Bible. When Bible study can seem almost irrelevant when all you can focus on is paying your bills or an illness of a family member. But often times studying the Bible is exactly what we need most in those occasions. Ask yourself, How are we to get direction without going to the source of our direction?
This past week, I was doing my morning reading and I found this. Now this is not the notable passage for encouragement but I found encouragement here and I hope you can as well.Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,  but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”  Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
(Luke 22:31-34 ESV)
(V31) Jesus tells Peter of what is to come for him
- Jesus knew what was to come (Jesus is God and knew what was to come = Jesus is Omniscient “All Knowing”)
- Satan demands to sift Peter (Satan must ask for permission to sift one of Jesus’ people. = Jesus is Sovereign “in control of all things”)
(V32) Jesus’ Prayer for Peter
- Jesus prays that Peter’s faith will not fail (I believe that Jesus wants to strengthen the faith of all believers in trials)
- “And when you have returned again” Jesus tells Peter his faith will fail and return (Encouraging that even when we do fail, God knew it before we did it and He accepts us back to Him.)
- “Strengthen your brothers” Jesus tells Peter to use his denial to strengthen his fellow Christians. (Pretty cool considering the messages of 1st & 2nd Peter are to endure in trials, written to persecuted Christians.)