Drop the Doubt1
“You are not one of his disciples, are you?” the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” John 18:17 NIV
Satan is clever. We are told he is always scheming. In this passage, he sends a slave girl to deliver his scheme of doubt. A simple question worded with the presupposition that Peter will say no. In the Garden of Eden, he posed a very similar question to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The fact is no, God did not say that, but Eve entertained the question and it changed her life forever.
Satan’s method-of-operation hasn’t changed because it continues to work! He trips us up in the same way:
"That movie isn’t that bad, is it?”“Everyone else calls in sick, don’t they?”“It won’t matter if I skip church, will it?”“It won’t matter if I do it just this once, will it?”“No one will find out, will they?”
What question is Satan whispering in your ear? Where is it coming from? When Peter was singled out and alone, away from his band of believers, he was caught off guard. He had just been with Jesus in a Spirit-filled experience, praying in the garden. And yet when he was separated from the group, left standing outside the gate, given time to let his imagination run wild as he watched Jesus being led away, he was vulnerable. Satan’s seemingly innocent little question beckoned a ‘no’ response. “You are not one of them, are you?”
Think about the parallel! He used the lowliest person in that culture to deliver the question, not just a girl—but a slave girl! Peter could have just walked away, but he responded with the answer Satan was betting on.
Satan is watching how we live our lives. He sees when we separate ourselves from other believers, when we are alone and doubting or numb from our circumstances. At just that moment he flings the flaming arrow straight for our doubting mind in the form of a question from the most unexpected and insignificant source.
Peter learned how to drop doubt and became the leader of the early church. Dropping doubt requires that you know the truth. Peter had first-hand experience knowing our Lord and then the precious gift of the Holy Spirit. We discover the truth in God’s Word, from the Holy Spirit who lives inside each believer and through fellow believers who band together to remain strong in the faith.
Satan may be clever, but he is not original. We know his schemes. He repeats them over and over. Don’t entertain the question and you too will drop the doubt.
Lord, we live in a world that lies about the truth. It tells us that truth is relative. That it is different for everyone. But Your Word tells us the unshakeable truth. Help us this day to hold on to the truth and drop the doubt that Satan is trying to fling into our life. We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.