The Morning After
Yesterday we may have sworn there was no way we were going to fall again. Things were going well. But what happened? Now we're sitting here, aching inside, and cursing ourselves. Maybe we allowed ourselves to be lured into a risky situation. We convinced ourselves there was good reason—that it would be all right. Maybe we just felt like we could handle it—but we couldn't—or at least we didn't. And now we're miserable!
Peter had his own "morning after" experience. He had sworn to Jesus, " ‘Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.' Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.' ‘No!' Peter insisted. ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!' " (Matthew 26:33-35). Jesus had been right, as always! Jesus was betrayed, arrested, tried, and beaten. It was more than Peter could bear; but he couldn't walk away. So he followed. He was suspected of being a collaborator. Each time he lied to protect himself. The third time, "Peter swore, ‘A curse on me if I'm lying—I don't know the man!' And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.' And he went away, weeping bitterly" (Matthew 26:74-75).
Jesus knew Peter was going to fall in advance; and his love didn't skip a beat! God doesn't hate us on the morning after. He loves us every bit as much today as he did before we fell.
God's love for us never changes, even when we've failed.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.