Matthew 16:23 Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

Looking for the easiest, least troublesome way to accomplish something is the goal of most people. If there is extreme pain or danger in walking a certain path, most people will find another way to go. They will also encourage others to take the safer path.

At times doing things this way can become a stumbling block to success of a larger goal.

Jesus had just told the disciples how He must suffer and Peter rebuked Him. Jesus calling Peter, Satan, said that he is a stumbling block and isn’t concerned about what God is concerned about.

In order to accomplish great goals, there are often some sacrifices that have to be made. Some of those sacrifices can be very painful or dangerous either mentally or physically.

Father’s who have to be gone on road for their jobs know the pain of having to leave family to earn their income. They feel the emotional pain of leaving. Yet, they continue to do it for the greater goal.

God’s greatest goal is that no one should die in his sins, but come to salvation through Jesus Christ. He is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

This process can sometimes include pain and severe suffering to make it happen. Jesus took on the greatest suffering by willingly going to the cross to pay for the sins of every person.

Believers will sometimes try to avoid the pain and suffering to take an easier route. When this is done, they become a stumbling block to God’s goals. They are more concerned about self, than God and others.

God may ask you to walk a path that may be painful or dangerous. Do not fear that path, but trust God knows what He is doing. Do not allow yourself to become a stumbling block to the goal of God in your life or in the lives of other people.

Following and trusting in God can lead you to accomplish some of the greatest goals ever possible. Take your eyes off of yourself and this earth and focus them upon God and eternity. As you do this, you will no longer become a stumbling block to God’s goal.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God’s plan for your life; that you will not reject God’s plans for your life; that you will not be a stumbling block to God’s plan; and that you will be more concerned about God’s plan than your own life and plans.

Matthew 16:23 Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23

In every business or organization there are leaders at the top that see the bigger, long-term picture of the organization. They are able to see what steps are needed in order to accomplish their task or goal.

With every goal there are some steps that will be difficult and may even appear to be ridiculous to have to take. Yet, though steps are required to reach the goal. In the organization there will be some who will try to keep from having to take those difficult steps.

Jesus had just told the disciples that He would have to be killed. Peter rebuked Him. Jesus rebukes Peter because he was being a stumbling block, not do what God wants, but what self wants.

Walking with God will require that one gets all of his instructions from God as to what to do and where to walk. In the process of moving forward with God, there will be times when God has a person walk through an extremely difficult situation. It may be one that could risk one’s life or even take it.

It is easy for people to want to back down and not follow God through it, but that is keeping the world’s ways of living, not God’s. To walk with God will require that one lay’s down his own life to be concerned with what God is concerned about. It is sacrificing self’s desires for those of God.

In this life, a believer may lose his life following God, but in the end he will have eternal life, just as Jesus did.

There may be times when God will call you to do a extremely difficult task. Instead of being like Peter and trying to do it a different way, becoming a stumbling block, be willing to do what God says.

The desires of self and the things of this world are all temporary and will pass away. What God does is always with eternity in mind, lasting forever.

Be careful that you do not allow yourself to become a stumbling block to others or to God, but following God’s ways of living. Do the work and walk the path God calls you to do and walk. Don’t be a stumbling block and have God rebuke you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God calls you to do; that you will walk the path God calls you to walk; and that you will be concerned about what God is concerned about.

Psalm 55:22 Don’t Carry Your Cares

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

Caring can be something that is good, or it can be something that is bad. Caring in a way that is meeting someone or something’s need is a good thing. Caring in a way that is worrying about something or someone is the opposite of good caring.

All over the world, people are caring (worrying) about something. The level of care about something is different for each person. Some are worried about how to pay the next electricity bill, while others are caring about how they will look in an outfit at the next meeting. The list for what people care about is endless.

With many of these cares, people are shaken. They are scared that things will go from bad to worse. They are scared that the problem will only get worse.

Everyday people are faced with things that concern them, some very large, while others are small. The size of the concern is all a matter of perspective. The person who makes a six digit income does not care about the electricity bill as much as the person who is living on welfare.

Believers in Jesus need to have the correct perspective on what they care about. God is larger than the largest problem that any person could ever possibly have. He already has a plan to meet every care that a person could ever have.

You do not need to be like most of the world and get shaken about some problem or care in your life. You need to take that care and cast it onto Jesus. He is there to carry all the burdens of the world, that includes all of your burdens also.

Do not allow yourself to be shaken with fear at some care that has come up. God’s love will remove all that fear and He will sustain you through the situation.

God owns everything, so let Him carry the cares of this world. Just trust Him and obey what He tells you to do.

Don’t take on the burden of carrying all your cares, let God do it for you.

I pray today that you will trust God to care for you; that you will cast all your cares on Jesus; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that God will not allow you to be shaken.