Day 29 ~ Sift you as Wheat

Day 29 ~ Sift you as Wheat

Day 29 ~ Sift you as Wheat

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32

 

Jesus is giving Peter an advanced notice about his upcoming test. Because Satan had already discussed this with Jesus. Satan challenged Jesus that his disciples and followers were nothing but chaff. He would prove that by the process of sifting.

 

Sifting is the process of removing the coarse particles from finer ones. More specifically, sifting in the case of wheat is when the whole wheat, when it’s still in its shell or chaff is beaten on the concrete or special flooring dedicated for this process. Since the chaff is light in weight, it will separate from the wheat grain and fly away leaving the wheat on the floor to be collected later.

 

Biblical Similes - Sift you as Wheat

 

Satan, through his sifting process and tests, was planning on separating the ones who remain faithful to the ones who succumb and deny their faith. We saw yesterday that the devil is our adversary and he is stalking us like a lion, looking for an opportunity to devour us. But on the other hand, we see Jesus praying for us, interceding for us that we may remain faithful. Will our faith be tested? Absolutely. But we are not without help. Jesus Christ is making intercessions for us (Romans 8:34).

 

Jesus comforted Peter by saying that he prayed for him and promised him that his faith will not fail. He will stumble, but he will come back. And when he does, he could be stronger to comfort his brethren who go through the same trials. No wonder that Peter uses his trials and temptations in his letters to strengthen his fellow believers.

 

We’ve heard this several times, that the verse doesn’t say “if we” have trials, but “when we” have trials. Yes, trials are a reality. This doesn’t mean that Jesus has abandoned us to the devil’s tricks and games. But he allows them in our lives so we can be strengthened by them, that we may find purpose in our pain and maybe someday find the courage to comfort others who go through the same.

 

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

2 Comments
  • I wrote a post on this, people can learn from Peter’s mistakes. I am old enough to remember seeing flour sifted for biscuits.

  • Mary Gemmill says:

    This one is a personal promise I have stood on for 23 years for my son Simon.
    In one version it says that when he returns he will strengthen his brethren,
    My Simon has been away from God for 23 years, yet in a time of crisis will ask me to pray..

    Saving the graphic,,thanks!

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