DayBreaks for 10/09/12 – Who Ya Gonna Listen To?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. – Mt. 16:16-17
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 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.” – Mt. 16:22-23
On Sunday, the preacher was talking about Matthew 16:13-26. One of the advantages about not being the preacher for a change is to be able to listen and think about passages and someone else’s thoughts about them. And sometimes, as you ponder the text, you get a new insight that you’d not seen before. That happened to me this past Sunday.
Jesus and his followers are in Caesarea Philippi, a place that was a hotbed for idol worship. Jesus poses the question to his disciples to find out what people are saying about him (he already knew – but he had a higher purpose, as usual). The disciples reply, but then Jesus gets to the real point: he wants to know who they think he is…and Peter makes a great confession. Jesus told Peter that he’d not come to that conclusion by listening to his own mind, but by hearing the voice of God.
Then, just a few verses later, Peter is trying to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem where he would die. At first glance, we might be tempted to applaud Peter because of his concern for the Lord’s well being. Peter, I’m sure, thought he was doing a good thing, a right thing, by trying to forbid the prevent the death of his friend. But this time Jesus is not thrilled. He sharply rebukes Peter. Why? He wasn’t listening for God in this instance, but was hearing the thought of his own origin.
How quickly, how rapidly!, we can traverse from hearing the voice of God to listening to our own voice again, or the voice of another human! The mind of man cannot possibly think the thoughts of God on its own. We cannot hear Him when our minds are full of our own reasoning and thinking. He ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts like our thoughts (Isa. 55:8). We should never confuse the two!!!
PRAYER: I fear that I listen more closely to my own thoughts and inner voice rather than listening for Yours, Lord. Help me to remember where hearing my own thoughts has taken me as a way of reminding me to wait to hear You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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