Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”(NLT)

Peter had the best of intentions. When Jesus told His disciples that he would have to die, they were shocked to their very core. Peter became enraged and dragged Jesus aside, reprimanding Him for having said He was going to die. Peter, for whatever reason, could not grasp the gravity of our Lord’s death. He did not recognize the atoning sacrifice that Jesus was prepared to make led to him reacting like any of us would when someone we care about says they are willing to put their lives in danger for us. When Peter confronted Jesus, the latter scolded him. “Get away from me, Satan!” he exclaims. Jesus admonished Peter to move away from Him because he was affected by Satan and spoke from a human point of view. After all, nothing would have made Satan happier than for Jesus to abandon the very reason He came to earth.
How often have we tried to thwart God’s designs for our lives and been unsuccessful? How often have we relied solely on our human reasoning, emotions, and desires, completely ignoring God’s presence in the picture? Likewise, this furthers the objectives of Satan. So today, keep your attention on God’s will. Align your goals and objectives with His. Consider what He has said in His word and spend time praying about your choices. Consider your life from God’s point of view for a moment.

Dear Father, please assist me in rejecting the temptations of Satan and my poor thinking. Please assist me in listening to You and seeing things from Your perspective.

Rev. Sam Adeyemi

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