“Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.” John 21:7
Do you ever feel like you have made so many mistakes in your life that your situation is hopeless and even too far gone for God? Perhaps you have given up because there’s no way it will ever get better.
I know how you feel, dear one, and I have felt feelings of despair at two in the morning. I have heard the whispers of the evil enemy of our souls in the middle of the night telling me to take my own life, saying there is no use keeping going because my situation is truly hopeless.
After coming through the valley of despair, I can honestly tell you that I am so glad that I didn’t listen to the accuser and give in to the dark thoughts. By the grace of God, I am here to tell you that all you have to do is hold onto Christ for dear life, trusting Him to carry you through the difficult season. Just like the pilgrims who passed through the valley of Baca and changed it into springs, so must you (Psalm 84:6).
We are not the only ones who may feel like we have made a mess out of our lives. All we have to do is look at the disciple Peter.
Peter knew what it was like to fail miserably. He had known Jesus intimately for three years as a member of His inner circle. Peter vowed his faithful, undying love to Jesus and seemed destined for greatness. He had faith to move mountains. Jesus even called him “the rock” on whose faith He would build His church. Yet, despite his passion, Peter still turned away from Jesus, denying Him during the hour of His greatest need. Yes, Peter failed miserably.
As we read the story in Luke 22:54-62, we witness the heartbreaking account of Peter denying Jesus three times. Finally, after he had sinned, “he went out and wept bitterly.”
This is the moment I can relate to the most: Peter crying bitter tears as he abandoned his Lord. I am sure he felt he was too far gone for God, without hope. After all of those laudatory words spoken over him by Jesus about being the foundation of His church, he was sure he missed his chance; it was all over. But as we turn a few pages to John 20, we see that Peter never lost hope. He knew to whom he should go.
He knew to go to Jesus, his friend, and so must you.
When you look at your life, all in shambles and shame, you must set your heart and mind on Christ Jesus—not on sin, mistakes, doubt, depression, anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness. You must run to Jesus just as Peter did.
In John 20:4-6, Peter and John ran to the empty tomb to find Jesus. Even though John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” got there first, it was Peter who went right in; He wanted to find Jesus.
In John 21, Peter reacts when he realizes that it is Jesus on the beach. The moment after John said, “It is the Lord,” he wasted no time jumping into the water to get back to his Lord. He knew who would heal him of his guilt and shame.
Peter knew the loving and forgiving heart of Jesus, who was already cooking breakfast for him and his friends on the beach. He knew that the same God providing for his physical hunger would also give him the forgiveness, Love, and acceptance his heart desperately needed.
We behold the scene in John 21:15-19 as Jesus reinstates Peter back into his calling and His love. He ends the discourse with the powerful admonishment, “Follow me!”
Dear sister, if you feel you have made a hot mess out of your life, don’t pull away from Jesus. Follow Him! Instead of listening to the accuser’s voice telling you there is no hope for you, run, run, run to Jesus! Tell Him you are sorry and surrender your life and your circumstances to Him. Trust that He is with you, will never leave you, and has good things in store for your life. There is always hope with Jesus. Watch Him take your life’s broken fragments and make them beautiful. It’s what He does best!
Jesus came to save us and bring healing to the broken places of our lives. Because He lives, we too may have life and have life abundantly, even on this earth. He is risen!
“ The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!” – Charles R. Swindoll
Blessings and Love,
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