Matthew 16:13-23

Monday, June 29, 2020

When Plans Reboot


Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you. ” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men. ” Matthew 16:22-23

I understand the necessity, but I’m not a fan. It is especially frustrating when I have been working for hours on a project and I get that obnoxious message from my operating system that my computer needs to be rebooted—immediately. Most of us are familiar with a computer reboot process, the hardware restart of a working computer. Rebooting is sometimes necessary after installing a software program, installing operating system updates, to recover from an error, or re-initialized drivers or hardware devices. They are necessary but the problem with a reboot is that it always seems to happen at inconvenient times—usually when I am in a hurry. Ironically, we are living in a world-wide, unprecedented, societal reboot and according to experts, it is not over yet. Though it may be frustrating, it is necessary.

Rebooting spiritually can be frustrating as well—like when you think God is moving you in one direction and then suddenly discover He is moving you in another. Evidently, Peter didn’t appreciate a reboot to the plans he thought the Lord had for His Kingdom. One minute Jesus is blessing him because of his spiritual sensitivity and the next Jesus is rebuking him for elevating man’s plans over God’s. We might think, like Peter, our way is the best way but no matter how odd, frustrating, or unusual, God’s plan is always best. Unfortunately, it would not be the last time followers of Christ would misunderstand the pomp and power of the Messianic King. Following Christ involves suffering and if we think different, we must prepare to be rebooted.