The phrase “Know thyself” is attributed to Socrates and is written on the temple of Apollo at Delphi. Aristotle and Confucius believed this knowledge was the beginning of wisdom. Yet how do you know when you truly know yourself or just a version you want to believe about yourself? This was the conflict that Peter experienced when he boasted of his loyalty to Jesus as found in Luke 22:31-34. Peter’s confidence claim about his loyalty was in response to a troubling revelation from Jesus about the spiritual struggle warfare and warnings of Peter’s faith failure. In response to Peter’s assertion, Jesus bore down on the prophecy with more specific detail. We learn something important in this dialogue, Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves.
We can learn two other important observations about Jesus in this dialogue. Note that Jesus said that He was praying for Peter before the crisis hit. What did Jesus pray? He prayed that Peter’s faith may not fail; “and when once you (Peter) have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Romans 8:34 tells us that Jesus continues to pray for us today. “If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room,” How would that make a difference in your day? Lastly, Jesus could look past the betrayal of Peter to the redemption of Peter. Jesus didn’t just see Peter and us in the dark moments of our lives, He also sees the end result of grace by faith. He could see the day when Peter would be instrumental to strengthen the discouraged brothers. In fact, the verdict of Peter’s faith wasn’t given at the fireside of betrayal, but in the days ahead when Peter turns back to Jesus in humility. If you are finding yourself in the pit of personal failure, pray to see your life from Heaven’s eyes and see that grace is powerful because of personal failure.