Matthew 16:22-23 ESV

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.  And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

When I was just out of high school, one of my close friends decided to join the Marines.  However, his mother saw it as too dangerous and strongly opposed his decision.  While he went ahead and enlisted anyway, having to do it without her support clearly had a negative impact on him.

Peter genuinely loved Jesus — and when we love someone we want to protect them at all costs.  But Jesus quickly reminded him that God’s perspective is often different from man’s.  Our children and loved ones are much better off following God’s path than being sheltered by our often misguided efforts to keep them safe.

Take some time today to pray for the wisdom to protect those you care about without hindering them from growing and living out the plans that God has placed in their hearts.

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor


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