Growing up I can remember my mothers homemade biscuits. She would rise early to prepare them for us. I can see her now with the flour, “lard” and milk. She kneaded the ingredients together until it was mixed throughly. She would then put some flour into a sifter and sift the flour unto the table, then roll the biscuit mix over the sifted flour. This gave them a light coating. Then into the oven they went. Her biscuits would melt in your mouth.
Luke 22: 31-32 Jesus said to Peter- ” Simon Peter, Listen! Satan has asked excessively that all of you be given up to him, out of the control and keeping of God, that he might sift all of you like grain. But I have prayed especially for you Peter, that your own faith may not fail, and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren. ”
Sifting reduces flour or grain down to a fine powder like substance- easily can be blown away.
Satan is always preverting what God does. God sifts to remove the unworthy things in our lives and keeps the worthy. Satan does the opposite. He sifts to remove the worthy and leaves us with the unworthy.
His motives have never changed. He desires to reduce us to nothing. He is the author of confusion. He brings circumstances and situations to blow our faith away. Test and trials has been escalated. Most of us are facing things we never imagined could happen. We are being tried as by fire.
Many of God’s children have been sifted by the enemy. They have returned to the world’s way and they have allowed their faith to be blown away. Some once were on the front lines, but because of offenses, hardships and what seemed to be unanswered prayers they gave up.
But just as Jesus reminded Peter, He wants us to know HE is praying for us. He is standing in the gap for each of us. He will not give up. He will not leave nor forsake us.
He is making intercession for us, right now. He believes in us. So much so that He laid His life down so we could walk in newness of life.
You may feel God is a million miles away on vacation. But He is just a whisper away.
He is an Ever Ready God. Ready to restore us, and then He will allow us to go help someone whose life has been sifted or blown away by the winds of adversity.
Thats the God we serve. He never gives up on us!!!!