“Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ’God forbid it, Lord!’” (Matthew 16:22).
Peter has usurped and assumed a divine position by his emphatic statement of what God cannot do. When Jesus blessed him and his rock-solid confession, Peter offered no protest. Yet, when Jesus began describing a messianic path of suffering and death, Peter became indignant. While prideful arrogance leads us to assume that our preferences must surely be God’s, the challenge is to humbly, prayerfully, and constantly subjugate our will and expectations to God’s, and his eternal purposes. Even when in conflict with our desires, it’s only when we follow what God’s word sets forth that we discover what God can do.