He (Peter) said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you, both to prison and to death. Then he said. I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know me.
Luke 22:33, 34
“Poor Peter”, we must immediately think. What have you just said? You simply do not know yourself! We should, however, not be over-quick to judge a man of God like Peter. We could easily act likewise.
Of course, we do not doubt that Peter meant what he had said. But a totally false self-assessment lay at the root of his good intentions. And the Lord’s prediction that he would even deny Him made no impression whatever on Peter.
There are plenty of scriptures that show clearly what we are like. Mustn’t we confess that the Word of God all too often has little effect on us? The veil covering our ego is far too thick! Pride is so deeply rooted within us that the Lord must sometimes take drastic measures to teach us to know ourselves. The evil of conceitedness, exaggerating our opinion of ourselves, causes us a lot of trouble.
Should we resign because admonition clearly has little effect? James has a comparison to hand that is very helpful: we can look into the mirror of the Word of God and see just what we are truly like (James 1:23, 24). And the Lord can do even more. Besides giving us humiliating lessons, He can give us overpowering proofs of His grace, so that we become better acquainted with Himself and ourselves (cf. Job 42:5, 6; Luke 5:4-11).