But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and *said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Mark 8:33 NASB
Peter had just confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. A few verses later, Jesus rebukes him and calls him Satan. The key is in where Peter’s focus was.
Jesus said that Peter was setting his interests on man and not on what God wanted! It’s that easy! It’s that easy to go from walking in the Spirit to walking in the flesh.
There is no doubt that Peter “felt” he was doing and saying the right thing. I mean, come on! Here was Jesus the Christ talking about being rejected and killed. Who wouldn’t want to stop that?
But God’s ways are not our ways!
We don’t always understand how He is doing things. He doesn’t always go about doing it the way WE think it should be done. He has a purpose and a will so much higher than ours. Will you allow Him to take the lead?
Sometimes you just need to push on through faith. Like the disciples did from that moment on. They were there, but they didn’t fully understand it all, even after Jesus told them what was going to happen.
The worse thing you can do is bail. Don’t bail on what God wants to do in your life because you don’t understand it or it is not happening like you think it should. Trust in Him! He is a good Father! A good Father wants to do good to His children.
Stay in His Word and stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit. God will reveal His plan in His perfect timing. Then, when you see it, you will realize that your situation turned out better than you could have imagined.
Lord, help us when we don’t fully understand Your plan. Help us to trust and have faith. And when we falter, give us the grace to get back on track with You quickly.