Observing From The Right Perspective

Scripture: Matthew 16.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Matthew 16:23 (NLT)

23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Jesus made it very clear to Peter that there was grave danger in looking at His work from a human perspective. In other Scripture we are told that our ways are not God’s ways and His ways are not ours. Tying this altogether, I believe that it is clear that: a). We don’t tell God what to do, because we could only see the limitations of human eyes; b). When we place our requests at His feet, we don’t then try to tell Him how to do His work, and c). When we try to reason miracles away and try to find a human explanation for the action, we are only making God angry. Friends, we serve an awesome God. His ways are truly not our ways, and I thank God for that. Think about this old saying: “when you always do what you’ve always done, don’t expect different results”. Now, when we’ve done all we can and we go to God in prayer, don’t we need something different done than what we have already done? Let’s make it a practice to trust wholeheartedly in God, to the extent that when we ask something of Him in prayer, that we leave it up to Him for His resolution in His time and in accordance with His perfect will. I believe that it is only then that we can truly thank Him for answered prayer, and besides that, we don’t have to stress over supervising God to make sure He does it right! He is God, not us! Let us therefore surrender the desires of our hearts over to Him for miraculous responses.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Father God, I am thankful that I serve an awesome God like You. Thank You for your patience, steadfastness and love for me. Thank You for the reminder that I can truly place my needs before You and leave them there, knowing that they are in the best hands for long-lasting and miraculous responses.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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