God Sees Your Heart

“…Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’…” (John 13:37)

Did you ever experience a time in your life when you felt you were so sure about something only to discover that you were mistaken?

Peter did.

Boldy proclaiming his allegiance to Jesus, Peter declared in today’s gospel:

“…Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’…” (John 13:37)

We all know what happened thereafter. The fisherman-turned-apostle stumbled. He flinched. He failed to follow through.

But Jesus saw what others didn’t. He saw Peter’s heart.

Jesus knew Peter truly loved Him. He knew Peter was determined to stand by Him until the end.

But somehow the humanness in Peter surfaced. His weaknesses caught up with him. His fear overcame his faith. With his heart saddened and his mind confused, Peter did the exact opposite of what he professed: He denied His Lord.

Isn’t this the case with many of us?

Many of us are not bad people. We sincerely want to live good lives. We honestly want to love our families and be faithful to our jobs. But somehow, we often stumble. We fail. We bargain. And we compromise our faith.

But guess what? God understands.

You see, God sees our hearts. He sees our earnest desire to follow Him. He sees our sincere effort to live righteous lives. He sees our honest attempt to live for Him.

So even if Peter failed Him thrice, Jesus honored the desire of his heart to “lay down his life” for Him. Jesus made Peter the leader of His church, a responsibility he faithfully fulfilled all the way to his martyr’s death.

What He did to Peter, He can do for you.

Behind your setbacks. Behind your failures. Behind your mistakes. God sees the desires of your heart.

And in His own time, fullfill them.

A blessed Holy Tuesday,

Bobby Q.