Bible Study & Devotional Day 25
🔴 Who Knows Better?
I can be stubborn. My dogged determination not to change my attitude or position despite good arguments or reasons to do such can cause friction.
In Matthew 16:16, Peter spiritually declares that Jesus is the Son of God and immediately follows with human logic in Matthew 16:22. I have defended Peter’s stance on occasion believing that he only wanted to protect his Rabbi from harm. However, to remain unchanged in attitude would decrease the ability to proclaim the Gospel.
Satan is never right, and he does not know better than God.
The tension we feel for wanting to be a “protector” has adverse results -this places the cross in state of complacency, not purpose. Jesus asks us to change our attitude.
Matthew 16:24 ‘Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Jesus gives His disciples a choice. If we desire to develop godly characteristics, we must refuse Satan’s temptation of worldly wisdom and prioritize the Kingdom’s business. In doing so, we support the great commission as we take action on our belief in Christ Jesus. While, Peter gave in to his human nature to protect life, Jesus openly rebuked the scheme of the adversary.
What can we learn from Peter in Matthew 16:16? Well, if we get caught in the endless spiral of human ability versus divine appointment, we can ask ourselves:
- Am I glorifying God with my attitude, opinions, or behavior?
- By what am I motivated into action?
- How is God’s truth prevailing?
- What mistakes have I made that no longer feel like mistakes?
- Am I able to receive righteous correction to grow spiritually?
Who knows better you, or God?
This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10, Matthew 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6