Two interesting things are happening in Luke 22:31. The first is Jesus telling Peter that Satan desires to have “you,” so that “he may sift you as wheat. The word “you” in the original Greek is plural, meaning all the disciples. Satan did not just want Peter. He was demanding to have all the disciples. The second interesting thing is that Satan could not attack Peter and the rest of the disciples without God’s permission. They belonged to God, and Satan had to ask permission to sift them.
The same thing holds true for us. Satan cannot attack us unless God allows it. We belong to God, and if we’re being attacked, or sifted, then it’s because God has given His permission for Satan to sift us. God does not allow us to go through difficulties without a purpose. We are being sifted like wheat in order to separate whatever is impure from our faith. God permits us to be sifted with the intention that our faith will grow, and we will become stronger disciples.
The good news is that God has complete control, and the enemy can do nothing unless he’s given permission. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God is faithful and will not let us be tested beyond what we can bear. He will always provide a way out. God allows us to go through difficulties, but He also lets us decide how much we can bear. Being a Believer does not disqualify us from experiencing difficulties. Being a Believer means that God will allow us to experience all of life, not just the good parts. God allows us to be sifted for a purpose. We belong to Him, and He has full sovereignty over us.
Written by Jackell.