Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15, John 6:43-71, Psalm 107:1-43, Proverbs 15:1-3
Jesus spoke more of faith in John 6: “anyone who believes has eternal life.” He then went into rather gory detail about believing in Him, how it involves eating His flesh and drinking His blood. It is not surprising that many of His followers were shocked and left. He then gave His disciples the choice to leave or stay. What follows is quite striking.
68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”
We know Peter for being headstrong and impetuous, for denying Christ and for arguing with Paul. The Bible is not shy about recording the failures of God’s followers. Yet Jesus saw in Peter what he could become. This verse is simply another example. Who knows what Peter did or said the next day? Jesus wanted Peter to follow Him, and to become the person God wanted him to be. The same thing happened to Saul in I Samuel 10.
9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. 10 When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy. 11 When those who knew Saul heard about it, they exclaimed, “What? Is even Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?”
Saul was changed dramatically by his encounter with Samuel and with God. So it is with us – we are flawed, but God calls us, changes our hearts and empowers us to serve Him.