Scattered, Yet Encouraged

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia … (1 Peter 1).

We might wonder, as he penned these words, if perhaps even a fleeting memory came to Peter of him and the rest of the apostles being “scattered” on the night of His Master’s arrest.  That “scattering” in Peter’s life on that fateful night proved the beginning of a series of denials which shook his soul to the core.  Of course, the reason for the “diaspora,” as it is here termed, was essentially the same: persecution, the beginnings of which were recorded in Acts 8:1. 

Yet, as we read in Luke 22:31-32, our Lord told Peter that, after Satan had “sifted [him] like wheat,” he would “turn again, and strengthen [his] brothers.”  Certainly he did this very thing, especially on the Day of Pentecost, when he stood with the rest and preached a sermon harvesting 3,000 souls.  Many more days have since past, as Peter now sits down and writes, in an attempt to once again “strengthen [his] brothers.”

Lord, we are grateful for your mercy and grace, which can turn someone from being sifted, to being used by You to strengthen others.  We have all been sifted to some degree along our journey.  Help us This Day now to strengthen others.  Amen.