Posted by: bshelley | June 26, 2009

Reviewing God


Today’s Verse: Matthew 16:22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” NASB

Jesus had just told the disciples the next step in His mission. He was to go to Jerusalem and be killed. Peter took it on himself to give Jesus a quick review of His plan. Jesus responds in the next verse with the famous line, “Get thee behind me Satan!” Ouch. Do you ever find yourself playing Monday morning quarterback or like a supervisor giving God job “advice”? I subscribe to a service called “Quotemeal” and get Christian quotes every day by email. That is where the quotes at the bottom of my signature file in my emails comes from. (now you know one of my secrets) Today’s is appropriate with this verse. “Sometimes God doesn’t tell us His plan because we wouldn’t believe it anyway.” — Carlton Pearson. I don’t know Carlton Pearson, but I both agree and at the same time disagree with his statement. On the one hand, it is just what Jesus was saying to Peter. “Keep quiet, as you don’t know the whole picture.” What if Jesus had taken Peter’s advice? We’d be without a Savior. On the other hand, the quote for the day is off. God has indeed revealed His plan in full to us in His word. Maybe the quote idea is true at the day to day micro level, but we can know God’s plan and will. At any rate, this is the ideal place to insert faith, is it not? We just need to have the faith that God has the big picture and knows where He is going and we’d be best served by following instead of making vain attempts at a performance review of Him.


May God bless your heart as you seek His.




  1. Thank you … well said!

    God often gives long range promises but usually only short range (one day at a time) plans.

    We who have read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, and believe the concept of salvation through Jesus Christ have no problem understanding and adjusting to God’s long range plan. That takes a certain amount of faith.

    But it takes a whole lot more faith to believe God’s promises for personal well-being, like not worrying, being thankful in all circumstances, etc. on a daily, on-going, steadfast basis. And often THAT plan is difficult to grasp.

  2. I totally agree with you. Thanks for the comments. Bryan

  3. We really just need to grow in our faith so we can trust. the same faith that Abraham had when he was led away by God without knowing where exactly to go. God’s plan is always for our good. I think this is somewhat related to what I have written here:

    God Bless you!

  4. Good morning. It’s amazing that the lord sees the end from the beginning; knowing the most intricate detail of every aspect of every circumstance. And yet we sometimes find ourselves thinking that we know what’s best in a given situation. The above is a perfect example. Where would we be today if Peters desire in this situation had preveiled?

    Psalm 46:10 is a verse that’s continually in the forefront of my heart. Our understanding of any situation is obscurred at best as we see through a glass darkly and that from a single vantage point. It’s imperative to rest assured that the Lord has it all under control.

    I hope this makes sense; it’s almost 3:00am and I’m awake due to some chaotic circumstances at home. Blessings always in Jesus name.


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