Making Promises We Can’t Keep

Making Promises We Can’t Keep

Peter was willing and ready, so he thought, to lay down his life for Jesus. Jesus knew better. Jesus knew that Peter was running on his own strength, depending on what he could do to prove his love for Jesus. Pride is deceptive. It causes us to boast of what we can do, to prove ourselves, to rashly make promises we can’t keep. Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He knew that Peter would fail, and would learn the folly of trusting in his own strength. Only this would make him into a humble, God-confident leader who could lead in Jesus’ name.

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!”—John 13:37-38

Prayer: Jesus, expose our self-confidence, and replace it with God-confidence. We pray in Your name, amen.