MONDAY, APRIL 23
“That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.”
John 21:7 ESV
FACING THE TRUTH: A DESIRE FOR RESTORATION
A mother told her son not to go swimming. However, when he came into the house his mother noticed that his hair and bathing suit were wet. “Johnnie,” his mother scolded, “I told you not to go swimming.” “I couldn’t help it mom,” he defended himself. “The water looked so good.” “But why did you take your bathing suit with you?” “In case I was tempted.”
In John 21, Peter didn’t have his bathing suit when he jumped into the water. He wasn’t expecting to see Jesus standing on the shore. But when Peter realized it was Jesus he got so excited that he just jumped in. This week we are examining a scene where Jesus restored Peter’s relationship with Him after Peter had denied knowing Jesus. One of the things Peter’s actions tell us is that he deeply desired to be near to and right with Jesus.
Any of us who have gone through seasons of wandering in our faith know exactly what that moment feels like. That moment when you are very aware of your failure and also very aware of how much you miss the sense of being close to God. That moment when you would do almost anything to get back to a place of intimacy with God, even jump in a lake fully clothed. King David was “a man after God’s own heart.” When David came to a place of renewed intimacy with God, after a season of wandering, he prayed in Psalms 51:12, “restore to me the joy of your salvation.”
Are you in a place where you desperately desire renewed intimacy with God? You are in a great place. Read Psalm 51 and pray through some of the things you read that you desire in your relationship with God.