And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
Peter had gotten caught up in his circumstances. Though he was curious enough to follow Jesus to the palace, Peter would not acknowledge Jesus as His Lord amidst a potentially hostile crowd. And not only had he forgotten his own claims that he would never deny Jesus, he had forgotten Jesus’ prediction that he would deny Him not once, but three times. With each denial, despite the cock crowing in the background, Peter doesn’t even think of the Lord’s words to him only hours earlier. Only after the cock crows a second time and he remembers what Jesus had said does he realize what he has done, and he is probably filled with shame, regret, and disappointment.
But how often do we go about our days and lives without remembering what the Lord has said to us? We get caught up in a moment of frustration and forget that Jesus has instructed us to be kind and loving toward those around us. We make a mistake and try to cover our tracks and forget that God has warned us about the pitfalls of dishonesty. We forge ahead with a prideful attitude, forgetting that God has told us where pride will take us. The Scriptures are filled with warnings and examples for us to heed, for us to take note of, for us to remember in our own lives.
It’s so easy to be distracted. Can we go a day, even an hour, even half an hour with the Word of God at the forefront of our minds? We get busy with our job, our family, our responsibilities. And before we know it, a day is gone, and our minds have wandered far from the things of God. The message God spoke to our hearts in our morning devotions is forgotten by lunchtime. By evening, we’re weary from our day and try to clear our minds and prepare to sleep.
Let’s take time, let’s make much effort to keep the Word of God fresh on our minds throughout the duration of a day. Let’s continually remind ourselves of what God has spoken to us. Let’s keep our hearts and minds tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit and heed His warnings as He brings things to our attention. It will not only keep us from sinning or from falling into an experience like Peter’s where he denied his Lord, but it will grant us closer fellowship with God and allow us opportunities to glorify Him moment by moment.