Man’s perceptions are often not in line with God’s intentions. Had Jesus chosen to heed the opinions of his key men, the dynamic dozen when they:
Those who are leaders especially need to be careful before expressing opinions. It is too easy for those in positions of responsibility to become enamored with their own authority and to make recommendations without going to God first for His advice. Remember when Jesus explained to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer and eventually be killed? Peter, an impetuous follower with strong leading skills said emphatically: “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!” (Matthew 16:22).
We can gain valuable insight from Jesus’ response to Peter. “ . . .Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s” (Mat. 16:23). Those words may seem overly harsh but they were uttered for a purpose—to illustrate how quickly one with good intentions can subvert God’s plan!
Words make a difference. Choose them wisely. Use them judiciously for the glory of God. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Proverbs 18:2-- But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”
Be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one liberty, the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right . . . Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” not make converts to your opinions.—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest
©1998 Daniel York ARR. Reveration is the weekly devotional ministry of First Cause. If you would like to receive these devotionals go to www.firstcause.org and click on the “Click here to receive weekly devotionals” box. Unlimited permission to copy this devotional without altering text or profiteering is allowed subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)