I’m no different from you (or Apostle Peter, for that matter)! Sometimes we just don’t get it – God’s ways, God’s purposes, God’s plan, or God’s perspective! And before we “shoot off our mouth” and declare how we think things ought to be, it might be a good idea to pause, pray, ponder and gain the Lord’s perspective on things!
Have I ever been guilty… Yes, I have! I’m ashamed of the times!
Here’s the passage that provoked these thoughts this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…
“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised…”
That message – that information – did not sit well with Peter. He couldn’t figure out in his mind how that fit the plan – his concept and confession of “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” (Matthew 16:16)
So “Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall NEVER happen to you!”
“But Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man!”
Ouch! What a stinging rebuke! You see God’s redemptive purpose and perspective was different from Peter’s! Jesus understood that. Jesus had a “not my will but Thine be done perspective” (Luke 22:41-42)
Very next verse…
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’” (From Matthew 16:21-25)
Oh, Lord, help me to embrace Your perspective and plan! Help me to say what Jesus said when things that just don’t seem to make sense, but they’re part of your plan, “Not my will, but Thine be done!”