Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This (suffering, pain death) shall never happen to you!” (Lu. 16:22)
Jesus replies 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.” (Mt. 16:23)
What is a stumbling block?
It is anyone or anything that tries to stumble you as you move on God’s road. Like Peter, people may have good intentions. Their words may even be comfortable, harmless, or normal, but if they’re stumbling you, they’re worth investigating.
Stumbling blocks often make us say, “Wait, was I really meant for all this? Will God really pull through for me? Is He really that good? Is his Word really true?”
When I consider stumbling block words, they tend to: question God’s plan, doubt his ability to show up, discourage what He is imprinting on a heart.
They speak fear instead of life and doubt instead of faith.
Will God really…?
How is that possible…?
Are you sure you want to…?
Wise people receive wise words from others.
But like Jesus, we are wise to rebuke voices contrary to the clear moves of God happening in our heart. Indeed, Satan often uses people to do his worst handiwork.
However, we can recognize his schemes. They tend to deter us from…
- God’s clear call for our life
- Loving people as God is calling us to
Here, we can:
- Rebuke the enemy within our mind, and ask God to give us fresh courage to see things through.
- Forgive others if their words hurt us.
- Pray and ask God what he wants us to learn through this situation.
Just because someone said something, doesn’t mean we have to own it. And just because we don’t own something, doesn’t mean we ignore what others have said. Perhaps they have a good point. Wisdom knows to sift it through God’s Word and prayer before deciding to accept or reject it.