“Peter might fail for a moment, but his life would ultimately be victorious.” – Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day
How I love this quote from a devotional I am reading right now. To know God realizes we will fail at times but ultimately our faith will not and we can be victorious in life! Blackaby’s quote was inspired by the following Bible passage:
“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32 NKJV)
This passage is important to read as well because when I first underlined this quote in my devotional I left out the most important part: the beginning. I didn’t even notice that part of the sentence until I went back to copy it into my journal. You see, the quote actually starts with this: “Since Jesus Himself was interceding for Peter, …”
Therefore, we actually don’t have to be victorious under our own strength but under Christ’s power in our lives. Jesus is our intercessor! Hebrews 7:24-26 says, “but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,exalted above the heavens.”
This news is so good to recognize and then take to heart. Because so often I do try to live a victorious life all by myself without letting God in. And then I wonder why it doesn’t work out. And also because I tend to beat myself up when I do fail at things, especially in living out the Christian life. But my present failures are really only fleeting with the end result of my life being victory in Jesus.
This quote is a great one to personalize. For example, I can say: “Since Jesus Himself is interceding for me, I may fail for a moment, but my life will ultimately be victorious.” This is my takeaway. This is what is so encouraging for me, and I hope for you too. That our lives may have momentary disappointments but we will ultimately triumph through Christ!