Has there ever been a time when you truly believed you were doing the right thing, only to discover that you were wrong? Maybe you took on a responsibility that God had not given you, or perhaps you tried to avoid a situation He wanted to use in your life to accomplish His purpose. Even when we sincerely desire to follow the Lord, we may unknowingly veer off course and become an obstacle to His purposes. That s why it s so important to seek the Lord s guidance before we try to maneuver our way out of a difficult situation or rush in to fix a problem. Our plans often seem logical, reasonable, or compassionate, but if they don t align with the Lord s will, we are just getting in His way. Peter understood the first one when he boldly proclaimed, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (v. 66), but he couldn t comprehend the second truth because it didn t fit with his preconceived plan. 76-78).
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To Peter, this seemed like an impossibility so he pulled Jesus aside saying, God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You (v.
77). But what seemed so logical to Peter resulted in a severe rebuke from Jesus, Get behind Me, Satan!
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You are a stumbling block to Me for you are not setting your mind on God s interest, but man s (v. 78).
Peter was actually opposing the Lord s redemptive plan with his human reasoning. We are really no different from Peter because we too can be guilty of putting our own interests ahead of Christ s.