Exodus 12-13 Matthew 16
“Peter took Jesus aside and told him not to talk like that. He said, ‘God save you from those things, Lord! Those things will never happen to you!’” (Matthew 16:22 NCV)
Peter is quite a character. He’s the kind of guy who opens his mouth in a “Ready, Fire, Aim” kind of way. One minute, he’s showing amazing faith through his words, such as when he noted that Jesus was the Messiah, the next minute he’s acting like he has athlete’s tongue. After Peter’s declaration that Jesus was the Messiah, Jesus began teaching them that as the Messiah, He would suffer, die, and be resurrected. Sometimes I hear people teaching on this subject and note the surprise of the disciples at the tomb as being genuine because they never really understood when Jesus talked about the resurrection. We know that Peter was at least half listening here. Maybe the idea of resurrection was so incredulous that Peter glossed over that mention when Jesus taught about His upcoming death, burial, and resurrection, but we know that loud mouthed Peter wasn’t having any of that talk.
God doesn’t always lay the future out like that for us. Maybe He doesn’t because most of us would act like Peter. We have the idea that because we decided to follow Jesus, everything must work out perfectly; but it doesn’t. Christians have problems from outside sources and from their own sins. We get sick. We have friends and family members who die. Were God to tell us every step of the way, we, like Peter, would let God know that those things would never happen to us or our faith wouldn’t survive. God doesn’t rebuke us, like Jesus did Peter; but He walks with us though the terrible events of life reminding us of His love and presence each step of the way.
Lord, it’s a good thing that You don’t give me glimpses of the future because I might rebel. Even better is the fact that You’re with me each step of the way as I go through life.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.