When confronted by my own failures, my first instinct is to lash out. Blaming others, pointing out how others fail or defending myself, I refuse to take responsibility. I am hesitant to repent, missing the blessing of restoration.
Jesus has a better plan for me and knows my faith wavers. He is praying for me and has a plan for my future.
31“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”Luke 22:31-32
Recall the account of Hanani the seer confronting King Asa. He says this to him:
“Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 9The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.2 Chronicles 16:7-9
Staying in tune with the place my faith wavers is essential. In my wavering, I miss great opportunities; places I would experience his greatest blessing. If I am feeling weak, he has a plan for me. His eyes search for those whose hearts need to be strengthened.
Just as Jesus anticipated Peter’s repentance and planned meaningful ministry for him after that, he has a plan for you. He sees your heart. He knows your weaknessess. He invites you to repent and come back to him.
Turn to him. Open your heart to the strength he gives. Receive the blessing of restoration.