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's 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 will be some things that will happen that they were not expecting. And clearly, Peter doesn't like this idea. Like a contentious child, Peter protests. While I bet Peter thought his words were justified, he is not prepared for the reprimand he's about to get.
One of the challenges we encounter as a follower is learning to trust even when we can't understand the full picture. While we want to know everything, many times, this is not possible. As a result, we protest. We protest because we don't like the present limits. Our mind can only conceive the consequences of the present—therefore, we protest. But what we fail to realize is that these limits of our understanding expand our faith.
Today, instead of protesting your present challenge, pray that you will fully accept God's present mission and with it the limits. For when you trust the mission of God, regardless of the problem it presents, you end up spending less time protesting and more time trusting the God who knows all things.
DO THIS: Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
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.
- Share: in the comment section below, the challenge you are currently facing so I can pray for you.
- Pray: for 5-minutes today, sharing with God your frustration and ask him to reveal his mission.
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