But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” – Matthew 16:23 ESV
This is part of an amusing, but also sobering, interaction between Jesus and Peter. Jesus has shared with his disciples that he is going to the cross, and Peter lets him know that will never happen; essentially saying ‘Over my dead body!’ It’s really hard to fault Peter here. It was so contrary to Peter’s vision of what he thought should be happening. I can’t imagine that I would have reacted much different to Jesus’ pronouncement. I am thankful though that Jesus followed through on going to the cross, and for the redemption he brought to all who believe.
I wonder how often today we, myself included, are a hindrance to God’s working because we are either unwilling to follow his direction, or because we think our way is better, or even assume that our way is God’s way? Is it possible that as a finite human, I might have a better plan than the infinite God? On the surface that seems silly, yet in practice it appears to be pretty common. Lord, help me not to be a hindrance to your plan and purpose in my life and in your church. Instead, let me trust you to direct my ways, one step at a time; following your direction.