(Second Milers also read – Psalms 16 – 20; Memorize Jude 22)
This morning, I am with a group of about 50 men in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania. We have gathered together to come apart to strengthen each other, to fellowship, and listen for the voice of God. Sometimes God has a hard time breaking through all of the distractions in our lives in order that He can speak with us. I thank God for times like this Men’s Retreat, where we make special time for the things of God. Pray that God speaks to our hearts in a special way while we are here; and pray that some relationships will be strengthened between the men of our church, and the other churches that are here with us. I will try to post some pictures from the retreat soon on this site.
This post is a re-post from last year’s blog. I will try to post something fresh for you tomorrow morning.
“And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” (Luke 21:61 & 62)
I have often felt sorry for Peter. For over 2000 years we have read over and over again this account of Peter denying the Lord Jesus. Some preachers have been very hard on him, especially because of his bold assertion that he could never do such a thing. The part of the story that really grips me, however, is when after Peter had denied for the third time, exactly as the Lord had told him, the Lord then turned away from all that was happening to him, and made eye contact with Peter. I don’t think Peter even fully realized what he had done until the Lord looked at him. Can you imagine how Peter must have felt.
The Lord sees us too, just as he had looked upon Peter. He sees you and me as we deny him, and when we sin against him. Somehow I don’t think we fully realize that fact. God’s omnipresent eyes are everywhere. He doesn’t miss a thing. I believe if we could come to that realization, we would be less likely to sin against Him. He sees, He knows. We are not hiding anything from Him. And it grieves Him. We know from the passage that Peter was grieved, but what is not recorded was the Lord’s grief. I would be willing to bet that the Lord was more upset about what was going on with Peter at that time, than he was with His own situation. The next time that temptation to sin knocks at your door, picture the eyes of Christ watching you.
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