Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hopeful or Hopeless?

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!" Jesus had just 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. What seemed like an utter failure in the eyes of man ended up becoming the most powerful Victory of all time!

Is there anything in your life that you are seeing from a hopeless 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.  We don't always have to have the answers or even know why things are not happening the way we may have planned.  In times like these, we can trust the character and sovereignty of our God.  With His perspective, we get a glimpse of hope.
If God 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.


Brenda Porter said...

Leslie thank u so much for this post!! It again was timely. U and God rock!!

Leslie Nease said...

Thank you Brenda! :) ((hugs))

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