Reflections

By Pastor Alton Trimble

Manna For Today: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reflections... Think about a time or times in your life when God made provision available to you.

Peter, as Christ’s disciple, offers us an opportunity to see ourselves through him. Let’s consider the following aspects of Peter’s life and reflect on ourselves, allowing the Spirit of God to speak to us afresh today. So open your hearts and your minds as we reflect on the following:

1. Peter’s calling

Matthew 4:18-19One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

• Remember your calling when Christ, through the Spirit of God, first began to speak to you.

• What a sweet moment! Ask God to speak to you today.

2. Peter’s faith

Matthew 14:29-30“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

• What moments of faith in your life do you recall as most memorable?

• Thank God for the measure of faith you have.

3. Peter’s provision

Matthew 17:24-27On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” 25 “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”

• Think about a time or times in your life when God made provision available to you.

• Be grateful and offer thanksgiving.

4. Peter’s cleansing

John 13:6-7When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”

• Reflect on a past experience of cleansing or perhaps a current need you have. Take them both to God and with great gratitude receive what you need.

5. Peter’s frailty

John 18:10-11Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. 11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

• Remember a moment of your own frailty.

• Thank God He never leaves nor forsakes us.

6. Peter’s lowest ebb

John 18:25-27Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.” 26 But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” 27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

• Recall an all-time low moment in your life and how God brought you out. If you are in it right now, know that God’s plans include your coming out. Start moving forward in Him today.

7. Peter’s contrition

Matthew 26:75Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

• Remember a time when your heart was broken; when you missed the mark. Thank God for His loving kindness and forgiveness.

8. Peter’s thirst

John 20:3-8Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4 They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7 while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8 Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—

• Recall a time when your thirst for Christ was the primary focus of your life.

9. Peter’s affirmation and reward

John 21:3-17 [Read]

• Allow God to affirm His love and care for you today and be grateful.

Peace and blessings!

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