Lord of the negative and discouraging

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Matthew 16:21-23

21 From that time Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he would have to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

22 But Peter took him aside and began to express strong disapproval to him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”

23 Then 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.” _________________________________________

Lord of the negative and discouraging

Our local Christian radio station promotes itself as the station with a “positive and encouraging” message. I have heard some of my fellow believers say that they are all about being positive and encouraging, and I have heard others suggest that God could never have plans for me that were anything less. Maybe Peter was thinking like that. After all, Peter had just made the mind-binding Spirit inspired declaration that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. It stands to reason that God wants good things for his Son. So, when Jesus started predicting that he was going to be persecuted and put to death in Jerusalem, that did not sound right.

Of course, we know now that God had good reasons for allowing his Son to die. His suffering brought us peace. But maybe there are some “things of God” that he has planned for our lives that sound just as wrong, just as preposterous. Living by faith means accepting reality even when it does not appear to be going right. It means trusting God to work out his plan even when it appears to be going in the wrong direction. The truth may not always be positive, and it may not always encourage. It is still the truth.

LORD, give us the wisdom to walk with you, even when the road is rough. Forgive us for our failure to trust you in difficult times. We know that there is not a single thing that happens to us that does not pass through your throne. You are Lord of all reality, even if it does not seem positive or encouraging.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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