Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 76/260: Read Mark 8

Jesus begins to unfold the Father’s plan of redemption to His disciples, telling them of His pending crucifixion and resurrection. What was Peter’s reaction? Peter “took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.”

From the human perspective, Peter was right. He didn’t understand God’s plan and saw a way to prevent Christ from suffering. He didn’t want to see his friend hurt. Without knowing the whole story, the apostle’s action could be considered commendable.

But that’s just it: it’s not the human perspective that matters. Making statements without knowing the whole story often gets one into trouble.

Here’s how God revealed this concept to the people in Isaiah’s day: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

All the bad stuff that happens in life can be used for the glory of God. We may not see it now, because we don’t have the whole story. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Mark 9:50. “Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

Pray

Pray for the wisdom to let God’s plan take shape, regardless of your current circumstances or troubles.

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