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Wheat Harvest

March 1

"Simon, Simon ... Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:"  Luke 22:31




"... are you and I enough of a threat to evil to draw the Devil out?"






Another showdown between Heaven and Hell; and at least in some sense, Peter would become the New Testament counterpart to Job .  Though this be said of Simon Peter in particular, it is clear by the use of [humas], the plural pronoun, that Satan had cast a wide net before the LORD.  It could be read: Simon, Satan hath desired to have ya'll.  Odd, isn't it, how few there are from Scripture, that Satan takes just such a personal interest in?  The question(s) which begs of us here is: Are you and I enough of a threat to evil to draw the Devil out?  If "Simon" were removed from this account, and the name left anonymous could our name fill the blank with any reasonable assurance of provoking Satan to action?

Peter had lofty intentions in following CHRIST, but still lacked the character to achieve them.  He would indeed become a vital ingredient to church planting ... if only the chaff could be sifted; and who better to take us to the threshing floor than one who will thoroughly sift us to separation.  Though it be a little difficult to reconcile this side of Glory, all of Satan's work on Earth is neither done outside of GOD'S vantage, nor off of HIS tether.  "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but ONE mightier than I cometh ... WHOSE fan is in HIS hand, and HE will throughly purge HIS floor, and will gather the wheat into HIS garner; but the chaff HE will burn with fire unquenchable."  Don't panic at the choice of oxen GOD allows to pull the wheel, the WINNOWER has carefully weighed the stone, gauged the wind, and is counting the revolutions.

"But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."  The mill is meant to produce grain, healthy and nutritious, for the strength of those about GOD'S table.  Be strong, "thy faith" will stay thee under the stone and ensure the real grain of your life to endure the WINNOWER'S fan.  Oh, for the blessed conversion of HIS floor, where the chaff of flesh and sin is winnowed away ... and where wheat one day turns to gold!

"But HE knoweth the way that I take: when HE hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."

For Love of Country
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
(Statesman, Author, Printer)
"Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as it you were to die tomorrow."

(Excerpt from Poor Richard's Almanac)

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