Isaiah 42:8 (NIV)
8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
Luke 22:31-34 (ESV)
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
The first verse is one of those uh huh statements from God. I’m God. Period. I won’t yield on that He tells us, that’s how it is, how it has always been and will always be. “I am the Lord” He tells us. He refuses to yield. Why should He?
~700 years later, we have Christ telling Peter that Satan is after him, but he’s interceded on his behalf. God again refuses to cede His glory to idols.
Yet, Peter fails, as we all do. Just like Christ knows he will. What’s so cool about this is that Christ knows the same thing about us. We’ll fail. We’ll put idols in front of Him. We’ll listen to Satan whispering in our ear and make it our own. We’ll act in ways that don’t honor God.
It’s who we are, and Christ will intercede for us. Always. That’s amazing grace. That’s love. That’s hope. That’s the future.