Posted by: Larry Hoekman | June 29, 2015

Daily Readings — Human Concerns!

Day 2022: May your Monday be amazing!

Scripture: From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 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.” Matthew 16:21-23

Thoughts/questions: Human concerns – they are many and they often scream for our attention becoming our primary focus. Anything that doesn’t seem fair, just or right on a human level is often quickly reacted to as a bad thing. We, like Peter, may sound Godly as we pontificate as to what should or should not be.

But God often has other plans. Certainly Jesus’ prediction of His immediate future didn’t sound fair, just or right – BUT it fulfilled the concerns of God. Currently there are many events occurring which may not match up with what we believe; but maybe God has a plan. Maybe He still is in control. Maybe these world events are leading to the end, similar to what Jesus was to experience.

As we respond to world events and cultural/political mandates, let us make sure Jesus does NOT say to us – “you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Suggested prayer: Father God, my desire is for Your will do be done. When things are not fair, just or right, help me to understand Your ways and to trust that You truly are in control . . .

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