S: But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.” Mark 8:32-33 (MSG)
O: Doubt has crept in and it has brought confusion with it. Not able to comprehend the full scope of what God has planned, Peter speaks up from his perspective – believing what he desires, what he can see, is right – but his words don’t help. In fact, they are counterproductive to what Jesus is doing.
A: How many times have I spoken up without listening – really listening – to what You are saying, because I don’t like the direction it’s going? Because in my mind, from my perspective, I can see another way – a better way. Or at least it appears that way to me in the moment.
But it’s not Your way.
And Your way is always the best way.
Your way – Your plan – spans far beyond the recesses of my carnal mind. Only through Your Spirit might my own spirit be able to catch a glimpse of what is to come. And even then, I cannot see it in full. But there is still a surrendering of myself that is required – a letting go of my “better” plans and believing in Your “best” plans – even if I don’t like the sound of it. Even if I know it’s going to hurt, I must believe that You are doing something through it – something greater than I might ever be able to know or see.
But I can know You. And I can see You.
Your Word is a reminder, a testimony of Your faithfulness and Your goodness:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”
P: I believe in the BEST You have for all of us, God! Even in this time when doubt and confusion are clamoring to steal the show, Your glory shines! None can compare to Your majesty and Your sovereignty. Your plans are still for us – You’ve always been for us. You are faithful and good. You are love. You are God. And I love You so. Thanks for loving us first.
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