Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Wisdom of Humility

"But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”
Luke 22:33-34

Peter's pride was his undoing. Jesus revealed to him that he would soon undergo a great trial, temptation from Satan himself (Luke 22:31-32). But the disciple hardly seems to have heard the Lord. Instead, he boasts in his own strength: "I am ready". Peter could have avoided so much shame and heartache by admitting he could do nothing on His own and asking Christ to sustain him. Our good intentions are not enough to make us stand firm.  We may desire with all our hearts to remain faithful, but it is God who empowers us to do so. Jesus said, "You can do nothing without me." The very moment  we humble ourselves and admit our need for Him, the Lord strengthens us. In humility there is great wisdom. 

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