“And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”
Have you ever had one of those moments when someone told you something, but you thought within yourself that they didn’t know what they were talking about? Years ago, my pastor made a statement and I thought that he was wrong about what he said. I loved my pastor, and never before had I ever thought this about what he said, but in this one conversation and his conclusion about, I thought I knew more than he. I now look back and remember the words he spoke and realize that he was absolutely correct with what he said.
Peter had one of those moments in his life when he thought he knew more than Jesus. Several hours before the incident in the verse above, Jesus said that all the disciples would be offended because of Him that night. Peter responded to the LORD’s words by saying, “Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.” Peter thought he knew more than the Saviour, and he thought the Saviour was wrong. However, the verse above shows us that Peter realized he was wrong when it says, “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus…” Several lessons can be learned that can help prevent you from having this incident in your life.
First, don’t be a know-it-all. There is nothing worse than a know-it-all who can never be taught anything because they think they know it all. Know-it-all Christianity always ends up remembering the words they were taught when they find themselves living the life of regret. You would be wise to stop being a know-it-all and start learning to listen to those whom God is using in your life to warn you about dangerous paths and trends you are following. Know-it-all’s often find out how little they know after life has dealt them a dose of reality. If you don’t want reality to have to teach you how much you don’t know, you would be wise to stop being a know-it-all.
Second, listen to those spiritual leaders God has given you. God gives you spiritual leaders who often have insight into life because they deal with so many people who have been hit with life’s hardships. You will find that spiritual leaders don’t tell you things because they hate you, but they tell you things because they love you enough to try to keep you from those regretful moments when you remember the word. It would be better to listen to your spiritual leaders when they talk to you than it would be to listen to them years later when you remember their words and realize that they were right.
Third, take to heart what seasoned leaders have taught you. Let me encourage you to soak in every word that seasoned leader’s teach. The experience they have should be the validation you need to soak in everything they teach. Sadly, we live in a generation that often tells seasoned leaders who have seen the patterns and trends of life that they don’t know what they are talking about. One great lesson I have learned about life is that the trends of compromise don’t change; only the people involved in those compromising trends change. Instead of thinking that this is a different age and that things must be dealt with differently, you would be wise to take to heart the advice of seasoned leaders. Don’t be guilty of remembering their words after you have been proven wrong. Listen and follow the advice of the seasoned leaders who know where trends lead.