“I was in Matthew’s gospel again this morning in my journaling,” Stan began, “and I saw something that is really important for me to remember in my walk with God.”
“What’s that?” I responded.
“Do you remember the part where Matthew records that Peter rebuked Jesus when Jesus showed His disciples that He was going to go to Jerusalem and He told them what was going to happen to Him?”
“I do,” I responded. “And it never seemed to me that it was a good idea to rebuke Jesus about anything!”
“That’s true,” Stan replied, “but that’s a different discussion for another day. Today I want to focus on what appears to me to be the problem of not listening to all that God has to say.”
Continuing, he said, “Jesus told His disciples several things, but Peter did not listen to or hear the last part. Jesus said He was going to Jerusalem and that He was going to suffer and be killed. Then He said He would be raised up on the third day. I think that is the part Peter did not listen to before he went off and rebuked Jesus.”
“At the very least,” Stan continued, “it seems to me that Peter should have asked Jesus something like, ‘What do you mean you will be raised on the third day?’”
“That certainly would have put a different perspective on the whole conversation,” I replied.
“You’re right about that, my friend,” Stan said. “And it is the same thing with me. Too often I go off on my own without listening to all that God has to say to me. I am too anxious to spout off with something I want to say.”
Continuing, he said, “May I never rebuke God as that is pure foolishness, and may I always listen to all He has to say before responding.”
“Amen,” I replied.
From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” Matthew 16:21, 22.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you speak to me through your word and through the voice of the Holy Spirit. I confess that too often I do not listen to all you have to say before I go off saying and doing what I want apart from you. Please forgive me for all of that. Please, Lord, lead me in listening to all you have for me. And please help me to respond only after I have truly heard and listened to all you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.