When I am my own Stumbling Block

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

When Jesus told Peter to “get behind me, Satan” Peter was merely trying to “save” or “protect” Jesus. However, Jesus knew better and He understood that He needed the cross, not only for God’s Glory but for Peters’ sake as well.

I think there are times when people’s good intentions may end up causing more harm than good, but the Holy Spirit revealed something more to me with these verses. I keep trying to save myself, or get other people to save me from my moments of pain. At some point I am going to have to put on my big girl pants and embrace the season of pain because it is what is needed to get me to my next destination in God. It is what is needed to build my perseverance, my strength, my character, and my faith.

By trying to save myself I also end up robbing people of the blessings that God may have had for them as a result of my season. Maybe my testimony will encourage someone some day, or that my experience will allow me to be an encouragement to someone else because I will understand. Whatever the reason, I don’t want to just be a hearer of the word only but a doer as well. And, well, lately, I have been doing a lot of listening and not a lot of doing. Deep Breath. In Jesus name, God help me embrace ALL of my seasons by not being afraid to obey what You have told me. Amen.


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