Sifted Like Wheat

In Luke 22 we read that Satan entered Judas, we also read of the Passover and of the Last Supper. Jesus revealed he knew who would betray him, and next we read of the disciples beginning to question among themselves who might be the one to betray him. Then they start to argue as to which one of them was considered to be the greatest and Jesus said…

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-33 ESV
(This was not for Simon only but for all of the disciples).

Do we set ourselves up to be “sifted like wheat”? We know Satan desires to have us and he whispers in our ear daily to get involved with many worldly activities. We make “things” our gods and we convince ourselves all is well.

Satan tempts us with anything that will divert our attention away from God and godliness. When we get caught up in this and it seems we all do at one time or another, then we must ask ourselves- is there anything of faith that remains in us? Are we chaff or wheat? Satan wants to test us, hoping to bring us to spiritual devastation.

We live in a fast paced world. At times it seems if we plan our lives right down to the very second. Somewhere along the line it seems as if we have bought into the idea that there is something wrong with us if we don’t occupy every minute of our life with some sort of activity. Are we crowding God out of our lives with all of our own interests?

As we go in and out of our seasons of life, and as we turn again, let us remember to strengthen one another.

Rest in God’s presence and relax in his Peace.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 NIV

1 comment for “Sifted Like Wheat

  1. August 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    If I could do a “do-over” as a preacher, I’d spend far more time and energy encouraging and strengthening people than trying to stay on the good side of legalistic elders and grumpy old people. At least that seemed to characterize the earlier years of my preaching. I think I finally got it right in Long Beach, but only toward the end of my time in the pulpit.

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