‘But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.”’ Mark 14.31
Today is Palm Sunday, where the season of Lent leads into the events of Holy Week. As we read about the events of this week unfolding, it is a time when character was truly tested in many people. One such person was Peter. We certainly can’t doubt the strength of his resolve to stick close to Jesus through thick and thin, no matter what, and it is highly likely that he really meant what he said at that particular moment. Yet of course we know how the story works out and Peter does indeed disown Jesus, just as Jesus had told him he would. We can see two contrary forces here – what Peter believed and the pull of circumstances.
Most of us feel this same tension. We may believe in the constant presence of Jesus, for example, but there can be times when he feels very distant - perhaps because we have really enjoyed his presence in the past and he does not seem as close as before. These are our feelings, possibly shaped by circumstances, but they are not the truth. The truth is that Jesus promised he would always be with us.
Whatever your feelings about the presence of God, take a moment to give him thanks that he is with you now; he has never left you alone and he never will. Right now you are in his presence, so give him thanks.
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