"Get behind me, Satan. You are a stumbling block to Me. For your thoughts are not of the things of God, but the things of men."
Jesus said that to Peter when Peter told him that the personal path he was forecasting was so bad that it "could not be."
Jesus had predicted a horrible future. He was going to suffer and he
was going to die. It was all part of the necessary plan of God. God
would bring glory from it. But this required Jesus to stay on that path.
Peter, however, being human to the core, could not see how this could
be true. Peter pulled Jesus aside and told him that he (Jesus) should
trust God to keep him (Jesus) safe from the future he (Jesus) was
predicting. In effect, Peter said that he shouldn't "talk like that" or
even think such things. Peter said something like the Devil had said to
Jesus in an earlier temptation. Jesus should trust God to save him. He
wasn't going to fall. (Matthew 4:6)
But, as Peter echoed Satan's
words (foretelling his upcoming sufferings and death) Jesus resisted in
the strongest possible way. He recognized the work of Satan, who
continually promotes personal comfort and smooth personal relationships
at the expense of the work of God.
You and I face similar
situations. We are tempted to "go along to get along." We're tempted to
ignore bad news and, instead, pursue peace of mind and an easy life.
We're also tempted to not care too much about what may really be true or
false. Sometimes that's because it's hard work for us to see out the
truth. And sometimes it's because the truth hurts. Often it's both.
I can see examples of this in political life. I can also see it in my
own personal walk with the Lord. I can see it in my family and in my
closest personal relationships. I could include examples here, and I may
do that later, but doing that now will distract from the main message
that the Lord has laid on my heart to share.