Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written. . .”      Mark 14:27

As you follow Jesus you will face moments of great distress. At times it will seem that events conspire to cause you to stumble in your relationship with Him. You do not initiate them, but they arise from opposition or the intensity of your circumstances. Nevertheless, failure is the end result. The disciples faced such fierce opposition to their Lord that they all failed Him on the night Jesus was crucified.

Peter boasted that he was incapable of forsaking Jesus (Mark 14:29-31). Yet Jesus assured the disciples even before their failure that it was inevitable. The Scriptures had prophesied it. God always knew the disciples would fail His Son; He wasn’t caught by surprise. He had made provision for their shortcomings, knowing He would eventually develop them into apostles who would fearlessly preach the gospel, perform miracles, and teach others. Later, when the risen Christ encountered Peter on the seashore, He did not ask Peter for a confession of his sin, but a confession of his love (John 21:15-17).

You may fear that your failure has caught God by surprise. Perhaps you promised, like Peter, to stand with the Lord, but you failed. God was just as aware that you would fail Him as He was with the original disciples. He has made provision to respond every time you stumble. Don’t think that somehow your failures are bigger or more complex than any God has dealt with. If you are facing challenges that seem overwhelming, don’t be discouraged. God has already foreseen them and prepared for them (1 Cor. 10:13).

  1. March 26

    Please forgive me Father for any Stumble any Failure or any other way that I might have let you down… I do not want, ever, to fail you… I love you and I worship you…

  2. March 26

    27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

  3. March 30

    Dear BMI team,

    What translation of the Bible did you use for this verse?

  4. March 27


  5. March 27

    New King James Version

  6. April 22

    It is written in this devotional script, and in the Scriptures too, that JESUS did not ask Peter for a confession of his sins, but a confession of his love for JESUS.

    I noticed in reading John 21:15-17, that JESUS asked Peter 3 times, did he love JESUS.

    Peter answered yes all 3 times.

    However, on the third time JESUS asked him, Peter was grieved.

    Why was Peter grieved?

    Was Peter grieved because JESUS asked him 3 times, just like Peter denied JESUS three times?

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