lørdag 25. mars 2017

Knowing the will of God - a step on the journey

He thought he understood more than he understood. He wanted only the very best for his friend. He was ready to line up to fight for him. Didn’t the Master understand? I am referring to Peter and the event is well-known for Bible-readers.

When Peter in his confession had confirmed that the disciples knew who Jesus was; Jesus immediately began to teach that he had to go to Jerusalem to suffer persecution and die, and then to be raised from the dead on the third day. Peter’s reaction is spontaneous:

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Matt 16:22-23
I find these verses difficult, and I can only imagine with how difficult it must have been for Peter. But maybe he understood that Jesus was talking to Satan and not to him? Surely, it was Peter who had verbalised Satan's temptation for Jesus to choose a different path. 

However, this did not turn Peter into Satan, but manifested how typically human Peter was. The sin of the world is not all the consequences of sin, they are only symptoms; the sin is that people choose their own way rather than God's. Therefore, Peter was given a lesson in how important it is to seek the will of God before arriving at any solution based solely on the human lack of judgment.

‘Manna’ for today:

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (1)
(1) Prov 3:6

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