“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have
you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith
fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Today’s Morsel: When I was a kid, my mother had this device in the kitchen which she called a sifter. She would put her flour or cornmeal in it when preparing to bake bread and it would remove all the lumps from the flour or meal and make it finer. Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to have him that he might sift him as wheat. Jesus was speaking of the winnowing process. In olden times, they would tie the grain in a bag or sheet and beat it with sticks or run over it with a large roller to crush the wheat from the chaff. And then they would cast it into the air to allow the wind to blow the chaff from the wheat. And Jesus told Peter that this is what Satan desired to do with him. But He told Peter that He had prayed for him that his faith would not fail, and when he was converted to strengthen the brethren. Jesus has already prayed for us. Therefore, do not lose faith nor heart when Satan starts to try to sift you. Just remember, bread corn is bruised, and it comes out finer. The early church found it an honor to be beaten for sharing the gospel!
Sing: Hold to His hand, God’s unchanging hand. Hold to His hand, God’s unchanging hand. Build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God’s unchanging hand.
Thought for Today: The early church found it an honor to be beaten for sharing the gospel!