Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.' Matt 26:33

These words were spoken boldly by Peter and he meant every word, yet within twenty four hours he had broken his promise to Christ.

Isn't it so with us?  We come and give our loyalty and allegiance to the Master and it is tested almost immediately.  We are offended by our brother when a criticism is spoken against us; we go in a huff with someone who has spoken an unkind word to us; we are offended by strong preaching that touches our personal lives and demands a greater committment.  We seem to think that 'we' are different from everyone else, just as Peter did.  He was so sure that he would never be offended because he loved Christ so much.

In your own spiritual journey watch out for the moments after you make a deeper committment to Him.  'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.'  1 Peter 5:8

You are NO exception to this rule!  Make your promises to the Master, and though strong winds buffet you, hold fast 'unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.'  Jude 1:24