Posted by: springsinthedesert | August 24, 2010

Are You A 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, chief priests and 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 things of God, but the things of men."

                             Mathew 16:21-23

This one particular thought had been in my mind for past couple of days and I could not write it down until today. I have been meditating the Gospel of Mathew  for sometime now and a scripture from Mathew chapter 16 started speaking to me right from the time I started meditating it. Though its a familiar passage, Holy Spirit started revealing some truths to me that day.

The scripture that I’m talking about is from Mathew 16:21-23. Here we see Jesus explaining His purpose in this world to His disciples. He told them how He will suffer great trials from the chief priests, elders and scribes in Jerusalem and be killed and how He will be raised on the third day according to the scriptures. Peter called Jesus aside and started rebuking Him saying, “God forbid it , Lord, This should never happen to You”. But Jesus turned to Peter and said, “"Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

What do you think provoked Peter to do something like that? Can you imagine someone rebuking Jesus and His purpose? What emotion overruled Peter in reacting that way? If you ask Peter, he would say, those words came out of my pure love towards Jesus. Anybody who truly loves someone cannot see something bad happening to his loved one. That was just a natural reaction that not only Peter, but anyone else could have reacted with. But then why did Jesus rebuke Peter saying that satan is at work in him. Jesus knew very well that one cannot follow Him out of just pure love, but one should indeed have love combined with the heavenly wisdom to understand the scripture as well as God’s will. Only when all these factors are present in a person in its correct proportions can give him the passion to be His true disciple. A true Christian should never be over reactive with his own feelings when leading someone to Christ, but should always consider God’s will and understand Heaven’s purpose behind everything no matter how foolish it might seem to the natural thinking.

In our daily walk with Jesus, when He reveals some truths to us, how do we react to them? Some of them may go over our head because certain things are beyond our human understanding. Do we react like Peter, out of an impulse….triggered by some of our natural thinking? Or do we seek the Lord and understand His will in that matter even though we do not understand it completely. When Mary was given the Good News from heaven that she was chosen to be the mother of Messiah, she did not understand it completely. It was beyond her understanding…considering her being a virgin. Yet she reacted a different way..she submitted completely before God’s purpose and said, “Be it unto me according to Your Will”

Today, when Jesus says something to you, try to understand His will in your life…Do not react the way the world reacts. When we do that, we are minding the things of men and not considering the sovereign will of God. In our walk with Jesus, let us not be a stumbling block in God’s wonderful purpose in our lives…rather let us be connected to that corner stone on which Heavens’ master plan is fulfilled.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Well, this one has me in tears. It applies so well, when i don’t understand for myself or for loved ones. He suffered . . .so will we, but not outside and apart from Him and His perfect will for us. Thank you so much Rani, for spending that time with Him and sharing it with us. God bless you! deb

  2. Rani, This brings to mind the Old Testament scripture in church this past Sunday. Isaiah 55:8 says:

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the LORD.

    Lord, help us to understand Your ways and react with acceptance to Your will and plan. Peace, Linda

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