The Dangers And Disappointment Of Self-Confidence.
Text Mark 14:29-31, 66-72.
Self-confidence is the feeling or expression of trust or belief in one’s ability or strength more than upon the grace of God- Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
From the text, we see the account of how Peter and the other disciples firmly protested their love and commitment to Christ. They made promises of never denying or abandoning the savior in the face of any difficult circumstance. These words of Peter were in themselves not wrong, the only problem was that he said them with the self-ability to stand in the face of problems rather than with a humble dependence on God’s grace. We learn never to think of ourselves more highly than we ought- Romans 12:3, but to depend on the grace of God in all our pursuits and commitments.
This event recorded in the text occurred briefly before Christ was arrested. Before this time, the disciples had been with Christ and seen so many supernatural acts insomuch that they began to think themselves invincible and physically unconquerable. Peter’s statement was made with technical human wisdom based on these facts. But things quickly changed the moment Christ submitted to be arrested instead of fighting or escaping- John 18:10-12. We must always understand divine timing and base our endeavors on divine revelations rather than logical human calculations- Isaiah 55:8.
Peter eventually denied the Lord against his previously professed assertion of standing with Christ. But he realized his error, sorrowfully repented, and regained his place with the savior- I John 2:1. As Christians in this present world, we must desist from any boasting or worded entitlements which are not deep-rooted in the revelations of God’s words.
Meditation : So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’Luke 17:10