“Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You see things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Matthew 16:23
Before this particular verse, Jesus showed the disciples how He would be killed, His death, and resurrection. Peter, after he heard all these things, he began to rebuke all of those eventualities that Jesus predicted. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. “Far be it from You, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to You!” Vs. 22.
Peter’s heart of love, friendship, and loyalty was being expressed to Jesus and desired so much that all of those things wouldn’t’ happen to Him. It is evident that Peter did not understand the will of the father, but Jesus cannot do anything contrary to His will. So, He needed to rebuke Peter at that instance even when it was obvious that he was only caring.
Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Relatively, we need to surround ourselves with people who understand the will of God per time. It is not just sufficient to make friends who are so-called Christians, but they must be spiritual and understand God’s will. Can you look into the life of people you are close to and say they understand the will of God?
People who have been in a relationship for years or decades can be emotional and judgmental. But do not take people’s emotions or sensations as God’s will, instead follow God’s will and leading for your life. Whoever will make you go against the will of God should be rebuke today. It is better to live by God’s will than to live by fellow human being’s will. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
1. Help me choose my friends wisely, Lord, and give me the power to do thy will.
2. Oh, Lord! Help my mind to stay in tune with your will and direction in Jesus’ name. Amen.