Opposing God's plan
One moment Peter is on a spiritual mountain because of what the Father has revealed to him concerning Jesus Christ is confirmed. Then Jesus tells Peter and the other disciples that he will build his church using them in the process. What happens next, they do not see coming, please read Matthew 16:21-23. A shift in Jesus’ ministry takes place as he reveals the Father’s plan concerning what must happen in Jerusalem. Now Peter is going to experience shock because of what he has learned. Life is like that sometimes. One moment we’re excited for Jesus the next we are struggling with what we have learned. Can you imagine Jesus telling Peter from that moment on he was making him aware constantly what was going to happen in Jerusalem? No one likes to go through suffering. But Jesus has to go through suffering and death so that he is able to be the perfect high priest who is able to sympathize with us in areas of life. Peter did the unexpected after Jesus revealed how he was going to suffer at the hands of the spiritual leaders in Jerusalem. He pulled Jesus aside and rebuked him! Peter didn’t want anything to happen to Jesus. Sometimes in our daily lives we struggle with what the Lord reveals to us and we pull a Peter ourselves. We pull Jesus aside and tell him no way! But Jesus in love does the same thing to us that he did to Peter. He rebuke’s us. Just as Satan had opposed Jesus after his baptism now he is influencing Peter to oppose God’s plan concerning Jesus and the redemption of humanity. Often times in our lives we get comfortable and when God want to use us to fulfill his plan we oppose him at first because we don’t see the big picture that God sees. Paul gives us some instruction in Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.” The reason why Paul writes this is so that the Colossian believers can put on the new self. Peter could not get over hearing about Jesus’ death and hear the words-on the third day be raised. The reason why a lot of people are not successful in their lives is because they are opposing God’s plan concerning them. We all want the blessings of God on our lives. However, if we oppose his plan concerning Jesus and he wants to use us we will find ourselves being rebuked like Peter. As we grow in our faith with the Lord we begin to ask Jesus to help us understand what he is trying to teach us so that we can learn. When we learn what he is teaching us and apply his truth to our lives he blesses us with what he knows best. We can start receiving God’s blessing by surrendering the control of our lives to him. Trust and obey!