Jesus had just gathered his disciples to tell them about his Father’s plan for salvation. He explained that he was to suffer and die, and then be raised from the dead 3 days later. This was God plan. But Peter didn’t like how this was sounding.
...And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Mark 8:32-33
You see, he wasn’t literally calling Peter Satan. Jesus was telling him that his thoughts were not in line with God’s thoughts. Peter was allowing his human emotions and reasoning to create a potential roadblock to God’s will.
The crazy part of this story is that just moments prior to this, Peter was the first to verbalize Jesus’ identity the Christ…the Messiah. (Mark 8:29)
“There’s a difference between knowing Jesus’ true identity in your life…and not standing in the way of God’s will.”
Can you relate to Peter? I know I have in the past. I’ve even told God ‘No’ a couple of times. And like Peter, he has a stern but loving way of redirecting us.
What is God calling you to today? And are you good with it?
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