Monday, November 23, 2009

Seeing Through His Eyes

I am always amazed by how Jesus rebuked Peter in Matthew 16 - He said to him "Get behind me Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's." Can you imagine? Why would Jesus say something like that? Seems extreme.

Peter thought he was defending Jesus when he said "Heaven forbid, Lord, this will never happen to you!" after Jesus told him He was going to suffer, die and rise again. But sometimes things are not what they seem, are they? Sometimes God's purposes can work out even in the most seemingly hopeless situations.

Peter was seeing things through man's eyes, not God's. As a result, he began to fear and doubt. He loved Jesus and didn't think He should have to go through those things. He didn't want Jesus to die - but what he didn't grasp was the importance of His death and His resurrection that would follow!

Is there anything in your life that you are seeing from a human perspective? Maybe you received a dire diagnosis.  Trust the Lord.  Have you lost your job?  Trust the Lord.  Have you been rejected?  Trust the Lord.  Sometimes things don't make sense from our human perspective.  If He brings you to it, He will see you through it. He is working in the situation in ways you may not see and when we begin to doubt and fear, we are allowing Satan to influence our thinking. Just rebuke him and tell him "Get behind me, Satan!" Then, walk forward in trust, knowing the Lord has a plan. He always has a plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you, not to harm you - plans to give you hope and a future.


Stephanie said...

Oh Leslie,
You have no idea how much I needed these words again this morning. It is the truth that God is showing me through so many godly women right now. He continues to show me that even though this life hurts and has so many pitfalls, He is there. He is all-powerful and He sees the big picture; HIS picture. He will be glorified. Thank you sister, for sharing His words this morning. Praying that God will bless you mightily for your faithfulness.

Leslie Nease said...

Hey Stephanie! I'm so glad God used these words to encourage you today! You're right - He is all-powerful and He sees the big picture - HIS picture!


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