From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. ‘Heaven forbid, Lord,’ he said. ‘This will never happen to you!’ Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’ (Matthew 16:21-23)
I recently received a message from a student in China who wrote, “I am convinced all Christians are crazy!” The principles of God’s kingdom are, indeed, most often opposite of the world’s and thus troublesome and difficult to accept and understand for those embracing the world’s values. For example, the Bible says to forgive those who sin against us, lay down our lives to gain life, and give to receive.
Even to believers, God’s will often seems unreasonable and irrational. What Jesus told his disciples would unfold leading to his crucifixion was unthinkable to Peter. In fact, Peter was so resistant to what he had just heard from the Lord, he was quick to challenge Jesus and thus, the very will of God. Peter’s motives did not seem out of line to himself. He thought he was stepping in to rescue the Messiah from an ill fate, but Peter’s response was not the will God.
The will of God is often unreasonable from the natural or human point of view but completely reasonable and always right from God’s point of view.
I pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done. Help me to see your way, hear your voice, and obey your will in this day and all times. Amen
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”