The Present Challenge
From that time 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. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you." But he 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."—Matthew 16:21-23
Notice the first three words here, "From that time." This is a noticeable shift. But this does not infer that Jesus previously casual interchanges were not purposeful. We should only conclude that Jesus is now letting his guys know much more about his intended mission and that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer. With this came the need to explain to the disciples that there are going to be some things that will happen that they were not expecting. And clearly, Peter does not like this. Like a contentious child, Peter protests. While I bet he thought his words were justified, he is not prepared for the verbal reprimand he's about to get.
One of the challenges we encounter as a follower is learning to trust even when we can't grasp the full picture. While we want to know it all, many times this is not possible. As a result, we protest. We protest because we don't like the challenge that the confusion presents. Our mind cannot conceive the future only the consequences of the present — therefore, we protest. But what we fail to realize is that this challenge expands our faith.
Today, instead of protesting your present challenge, pray that you will fully accept God's present mission. For when we trust the mission of God, regardless of the problem it presents, we end up spending less time protesting and more time trusting the God who knows all things.
This week we are focusing on the discipline of prayer. Each of the Calls To Action below will involve the activity of prayer. Prayer is merely having a short conversation with God. One of the best ways to do this is by talking out loud with Him, so it might be best to find a quiet place to do this for the next few minutes.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Share: in the comment section below, the challenge you are currently facing.
- Pray: for 5-minutes today, and share with God your frustration and ask him to reveal his mission.
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