Daily Devotion Monday, July 1

Monday, July 1, 2013 – Psalm 145; 1 Samuel 10:17-27; Acts 7:44-8:1a and Luke 22:52-62

Luke 22:52-62 – 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? 53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”

54Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” 57But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59Then about an hour later yet another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62And he went out and wept bitterly.

In reading this text, I ask myself; when have I denied or simply not acknowledged my Lord? I strive to be bold in sharing my faith, but I do know there are times when I simply remain silent, not saying a thing. Most likely I’ve done this more than three times.

This morning I’m trying to sense what Peter felt when the cock crowed and when he saw his Lord turn and look at him? How awful this must have made Peter feel.

O Lord, forgive me those many times I haven’t acknowledged you when I should have. Forgive me for my silence when I should have spoken up. Help me be bold in my faith and honest about who you are and whose I am. This truly was the hour of darkness into which the power of your light and your love would break. May I trust in thee and affirm thee this day. Amen.

Psalm 145 – 3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.

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