"The LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered My servant Job… a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" (Job 1:8). "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD… Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand… Mark the perfect man… for the end of that man is peace" (Psalm 37:23,24,37). "Peter remembered the word of Jesus… Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly" (Matthew 26:75).
We hear the ancient conversation
Of God with our Satanic foe
Concerning Job's high commendation,
A perfect, upright man below.
Though God said Job was "perfect" then,
Perfection still was underway,
For so it is with sinful men
Until God takes us home one day.
Our steps are ordered by the Lord
Who knows how prone we are to fall,
Yet by His mercy we're restored,
And He perfects us through it all.
The process of perfecting Peter,
O Lord, was bitter through denial,
Yet made his longing all the sweeter
To live for Your approving smile.