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Scripture: Matthew 16:21-23

Reflection: Peter's misunderstanding of Jesus' mission led him to rebuke Jesus. This skirmish revealed Peter's struggle to align his desires with God's will.

Devotional: In Matthew 16, Jesus begins to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, suffer, and be killed, only to rise again on the third day. Peter, unable to reconcile this with his expectation of the Messiah, takes Jesus aside and rebukes Him, saying, "This shall never happen to you!" Jesus' response is sharp: "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me."
Peter's reaction stemmed from a misunderstanding of Jesus' mission. He expected a Messiah who would overthrow Rome, not one who would suffer and die. This rebuke highlights a common struggle in our faith journey: aligning our desires with God's will. When God's plan diverges from our expectations, we might find ourselves resisting His path, much like Peter.
This moment is a powerful reminder that following Jesus requires us to surrender our plans and trust in His divine wisdom. Our failure to do so can hinder God's work in our lives. However, through humility and repentance, we can realign ourselves with His will and grow in our faith.

Reflection Questions:
    1. Have you ever resisted God's plan because it didn't align with your expectations?
    2. How can you practice surrendering your desires to align with God's will?

Practical Application:
    • Reflect on areas in your life where you might be resisting God's plan. Write down your desires and prayerfully surrender them to God.
    • Seek God's guidance through daily prayer and scripture reading, asking for the humility to accept His will.

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust in Your plan, even when it diverges from my expectations. Teach me to surrender my desires and align my will with Yours. Amen.