676 Peter’s Attitude Toward Trials
1 So many times did God put Peter under trial, which of course left him half dead, but even in the midst of these hundreds of trials, he never once lost faith in Him or became disillusioned with Him. Even when God said He had already thrown him aside, he did not grow faint of heart or fall into despair, but continued on as before carrying out his principles so as to love Him in a practical way. God told him that, even though he loved Him, He did not commend him but would cast him into Satan’s hands in the end. In the midst of these trials, which did not reach unto his flesh but were trials by means of words, he still prayed to Him.
2 Oh, God! Among the heavens and earth and the myriad things, is there any man, any creature, or any thing that is not in the hands of You, the Almighty? When You wish to show me mercy, my heart rejoices greatly on account of Your mercy; when You wish to execute judgment on me, unworthy though I may be, I feel all the more the profound mystery of Your deeds, because You are filled with authority and wisdom. Though my flesh may suffer, I am comforted in my spirit. How could I not extol Your wisdom and Your deeds? Even if I die after coming to know You, I would be ever ready and willing.
3 In the midst of these kinds of trials, even though Peter was not able to grasp God’s intentions accurately, it is evident that he considered it a matter of pride and personal glory to be used by Him, and was anything but dejected on account of being put under trial. Because of his loyalty in His presence, and because of His blessings upon him, he has become an exemplar and a model for mankind for thousands of years. Is this not precisely the example that you should follow? At this time, you should think hard and try to work out why God has given such a lengthy account of Peter. This should serve you as a code of conduct.
Adapted from “Chapter 6” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe
in The Word Appears in the Flesh