What does it mean to be sifted?
Ash is sifted to find anything important or useful in it. Wheat is sifted so the unusable chaff is separated from the valuable grains.
I know what it feels like to be sifted. My world shook when my son, David Glasser, who was Phoenix Police Officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. My life crumbled. All of my hopes and dreams for him were stripped away. His future completely disappeared, leaving gaping holes full of hurt in my world.
What was left?
I had to dig deep…..
into my faith and what I knew to be true in order to stay standing in the middle of the devastation.
So Jesus’ words to Peter in Luke 22 stop me. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” vs 31-32.
Satan asked to sift the disciples – this is not the first time I have read this but it’s the first time it has sunk in. Satan knew that Jesus expected the disciples to share the Great News of salvation to world so the disciples became a pivotal target for Satan.
Jesus knew that Peter would deny him three times in one night. Major sifting. So Jesus was encouraging Peter that his faith could not only withstand the shaking it was going to get, it was going to become stronger. Through this experience of denying Jesus, then repenting and turning back to him, Peter would be more prepared to help strengthen his brothers.
I have learned there is purpose in the pain when I let God control what happens next. God can make good come from evil – he did it in my life. My prayer is that my sharing this with you will help you turn to God when you are being sifted so your faith and trust in him will be strengthened.
Thank you for your truth, Abba Father.