Mark 8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

The concluding sentence in some versions is rendered as ‘ you are thinking as man does, not as God does’ and that was bang on point as Jesus also rebuked Peter after Peter, who was older than Jesus, called him aside to rebuke him first. Evidently, we can determine that this rebuke was not for Jesus’ sake but for his own sake.

The disciples were still coming to terms with who Jesus really was and with this revelation as ‘the Christ’, Peter was disappointed that everything had to come to an end so quickly and thus promptly acted in an attempt to cause Jesus to probably alter his path and escape what would be his demise. However Jesus tells him’ you are thinking as man, not as God’

When a problem is being considered from a human point of view, it is often limited to just profit and loss. It comes down to a weighing of the upsides and downsides to determine the consequences of any action taken and thus take any necessary precautions to avoid the negative setback. That was exactly what Peter was doing- finding a way to extend the stay of Jesus for his benefit.

Many of us are currently facing difficult situations while others have difficult decisions to make; the problem however, is that we are looking at the situation through the limited scope of the lenses of ‘man’ hence we can only see so far. Its time to stop thinking as man, and allow our thoughts to be aligned with those of God.

Remember # you have to look at the situation through the eyes of God.

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