Luke 22:31 – 32 (NIV) “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Thursday evening. It is the beginning of Passover; supper has been shared and now there is conversation around the table. Topics are varied, as happens around most tables, when Jesus turns to Simon. His words are rich with meaning visible only to Himself.
Satan has asked to sift you wheat.
I have prayed for you.
That your faith may not fail
And when you turn back.
Wow! Where does one begin? At the beginning maybe. Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. Sifting wheat was a common sight in the area. The wheat was harvested, the roughage was stripped away, and only the kernels and the miniature chaff remained. The ‘farmer’ would toss the mixture into the air, and the breeze would blow away the useless matter. Over and over until all that was left was the prized possession, the wheat, which then could be taken and used for food, or sold for income. The products of the harvest bringing benefit to the farmer and his family – fulfilling its mandate and purpose.
Are you feeling like you have been sifted as wheat? Tossed about, thrown up into the air only to fall to the ground again? Has Satan asked to sift you? To sift me?
But let us go on… Jesus says: “I have prayed for you” “That your FAITH may not fail.” “ And WHEN you turn back, strengthen your brothers and sisters”
Though we go through struggles, trials and testing, we are not out of Jesus’ mind. He is praying for us. May we be like the kernel of wheat… coming forth to fulfil our purpose. May we come forth as the prized possession.
Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.