John 13:37 (NIV)
Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus’ farewell address to His disciples was interrupted by several of the disciples who were anxious and concerned as they began to sense the serious tone of Christ’s words. Their minds could not accept the reality that Jesus was leaving them. And Peter totally overestimated his true spiritual capacity. Jesus responded to Peter’s interruption with truth. God is faithful to prepare us for trials that lay wait in our spiritual journey. If we are not listening, if we are not faithfully engaging in regular Bible study and daily devotions and worship and church attendance, how will we be ready? Spiritual warfare is real. Life surprises us with difficult trials and unexpected hits. We must prepare our hearts in the good times so that we will be ready when those hard times come.