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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:00

Can You Hear It?

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Deuteronomy 11:13, 16-17: “If you carefully obey all the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, and if you worship him, then he will send the rains in their proper seasons…But do not let your heart turn away from the Lord…if you do, He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain…”

 

Luke 22: 33-34: “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

 

 

If you’re a believer in Christ, you probably think surely you would never deny knowing your Heavenly Father, or turn away from the Lord.  I’m sure Peter felt that way too, the disciple who “at once” followed Jesus. 

 

 

Matthew 4:18-20: “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’  At once they left their nets and followed him.”

 

 

AT ONCE they left their nets and followed Him… complete trust, complete devotion, complete loyalty…among Jesus’ first disciples.  Surely one of them would never deny or turn away from our Lord?

 

It’s one of the most familiar stories in the Bible, Peter denying three times that he even knew Jesus, as Jesus stood trial.  After the third denial, just as Jesus had said, the rooster crowed, and as Scripture tells us, “Peter wept bitterly.”  You can feel Peter’s shame, guilt and pain--the emotion of a follower suddenly turning his back on our Lord-- and then the rooster crowed.  Peter heard it and he wept.

 

I wonder when we turn away, do we hear it? Can we hear the rooster crow?  I’m not talking about standing up and saying, “I don’t even know you Jesus” or worshiping a gold calf, but that inward turning away.  Maybe it’s a quick decision where you know you’re acting outside of God’s will.  Maybe a quick reaction, harsh words, your temper flares and you know it’s not what God wanted you to say or do.  Can we hear the rooster?  I hope so!  So we can repent and start anew.

 

In reading the Old Testament, it amazes me how many times God takes back His people.  God has freed the Israelites from a life of slavery in Egypt, but still they find reason to complain—not enough to eat, the same old thing to eat, the complaining and worshiping of false idols, the “turning away” goes on and on, and still God beckons them to come back.

 

 

Deuteronomy 30:2-3: “If at that time you return to the Lord your God, and you and your children begin wholeheartedly to obey all the commands I have given you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes.”

 

 

Our Heavenly Father wants so badly to bless us and He wants us to love and choose Him.  Peter grabbed his second chance.  He heard the rooster crow, wept bitterly, repented and started anew.  Three denials, three questions, three affirmations.

 

After dying on the cross and rising from the grave, Jesus appeared to his disciples.  As we see in the 21st chapter of John, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you truly love me?” Three times Peter answers, “Yes, Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.”  Jesus’ answer all three times is “Feed my sheep.”  In other words, live out your faith, tell others about me, and show them my love through your very walk!  

 

In our flesh, there will be times when we stumble, when we inwardly turn away or deny our Lord.  I pray at those times, we can hear it--the rooster.  I pray at those times, we repent and listen to our Lord calling us back, “Do you love me, do you truly love me?”  Say “yes” and get back to the work of feeding His sheep.

 

 

 

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