What strikes me is that, in just one chapter [ref. John 18], Peter moves from aggressive defender to cowardly betrayer. It is also in this chapter that Peter begins a process of learning in three’s. He betrays Jesus 3 times here. In a few chapters, he will affirm his love for Jesus 3 times, and he will learn of God’s plan to take the Gospel to the Gentiles through yet another set of 3. [Acts 10]
It seems like Peter needed to hear things 3 times before he learned what God wanted him to know. I wonder if his name Peter, aka Cephas, which means “rock”, had any connection to his learning style.
If so, we all probably need to be named after rocks, too. Just kidding. Although. I, for one, feel like I am on something more like a “3 dozen plan.” 😉
Actually, I wonder something else, too. How many times does God have to say, show or teach you something for you to listen?
Yet, in verse 37, Jesus says, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Do you listen to God the first time? Take time today to pray and ask God to help you listen to Him the first time.
Lord Jesus – In 2 Chronicles 7:14-15, You say that Your eyes and ears will be attentive to what we say when we humble ourselves, turn from wickedness and pray. I continue to ask You to do that, but I also ask that You would allow our eyes and ears to be attentive to You. May we hear You clearly as we continue to chase hard after You. Help us listen to You the first time. Amen.