Mark 8:31-33 MSG

“It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.”  But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

One challenge I think all parents have faced at some point is convincing our kids to trust us when they’re doubting or afraid of what we’re asking them to do.  I might not have time to explain everything to my son or it might be something that’s simply over his head.  But I need him to understand that although I’m far from perfect, I always have his best interests in mind when I ask him to do something — even if it doesn’t make sense to him.

I don’t think Jesus was upset with Peter because He didn’t understand how God was working.  I believe He was disappointed in the lack of trust that Peter showed in doubting His words.  They had been together for so long and Peter had witnessed countless signs and miracles in His presence, yet here he was, acting as if he knew better than Jesus!  His fear clearly outweighed his faith.

The phrase “blind trust” tends to have a negative connotation in society.  But when it comes to our relationship with God, we have to learn how to trust Him even when we can’t fully understand how He’s working in our lives.  Make it your prayer today for God to show you where your own thoughts and desires have taken priority over His perfect wisdom.

Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor


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