A God Idea

Luke 9:33-36, “And as the men were parting from Him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!’ And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Have you ever said anything you wish you hadn’t said? Whether in a fit of anger, or just out of being oblivious, have you said something you regret? Imagine that a mother is grocery shopping, and she sees another woman who appears to be pregnant. Having kids of her own, she approaches her and says, “Congratulations! How far along are you?” But it turns out the woman isn’t pregnant; she’s overweight. Mortified, the mother is stunned and embarrassed to silence, turns around and walks away and tells nobody of what just happened.

I’ve said many things I regret, whether it was something I said out of anger or just because of my oblivious nature. (Sometimes I’m so oblivious that I say something ridiculous and everyone laughs at me…) This, in a sense, is what I think Peter experienced. At Jesus’ Transfiguration, Peter saw Him with Moses and Elijah, and so he thought, “This is wonderful! Moses and Elijah are here! Let’s make tents for the three of them, for they must be visiting for a while!” To Peter, in his earthly understanding, it was a good idea, but it was not a God idea. God literally interrupts him with an overshadowing cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” And Peter and the others were stunned to silence; and perhaps Peter was embarrassed by what he said, for he didn’t really know what he was saying. During those days, they told no one. God’s idea was that Jesus go into the world and die for our sins, not that He remain on the mountain in all His glory with Moses and Elijah. This wasn’t the time for a party; that doesn’t come until all the saints rise with Jesus in glory.

So, what’s your idea? What is it that you want to do? Yesterday I talked about praying for God’s will to be done rather than our own. Is it a good idea, or is it a God idea? After all, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Your idea might not necessarily be the same as God’s. God more than likely has something better planned for you, and He will bring you there if you trust Him. Trust that He knows what He’s doing. He created you, so He certainly knows what He’s doing with your life when you trust Him with it. God chose to come down as the man Jesus to die for our sins and to be our Mediator between us and Him, so listen to Jesus. Listen to God’s idea—His will for your life even if it doesn’t agree with your own idea. Our Father knows best.

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