Peter must have thought that he knew himself well. He was very confident in his words that he would never deny Jesus. Yet, what happened?
John 18:3 says that Judas came with a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees. Quite an assembly. Peter audaciously drew out his sword in verse 10.
Verse 15 says that John and Peter followed Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. John went right in but Peter stood outside. Then John went back and brought Peter in. In verse 17 Peter denied that he was one of Jesus’ disciples.
Verse 18 Peter warmed himself with the others. One of them asked if he was a disciple and he denied it. Here was the clincher. Remember that Peter cut off a man’s ear when he swung his sword? A relative of that man said: didn’t I see you in the garden with Jesus? Verse 27 says, “Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.”
How well do you think you know yourself as you face adversity? Proverbs 24:10 says, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
We don’t know what is hidden in our heart. We don’t know what the next second holds for us. We do not even know our thoughts before we think them. The Lord knows all three.
I like to remind myself of 1 Chronicles 28:9. The Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…”
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Peter fell hard. Even though the Lord warned him that satan was going to sift him, he certainly thought he knew himself better than he did.
So it is with us. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Let us walk in humility and shun the presumptuous sins that are fueled by pride.