Jesus had just told Peter that He would give him the keys to the kingdom. Immediately after that, Jesus begins to talk about how He would be handed over, killed and rise on the third day. This kind of talk didn’t sit well with Peter.
In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 16, Peter says, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” Jesus says to Peter in reply, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are not thinking as God does, but as human beings do.”
Have you ever asked if maybe you were an obstacle to God? Have there ever been instances in your life where you defied, or blocked someone else of doing God’s will. Unfortunately, I think there are many times when I may be an obstacle to God. When those times arise, I ask simply that God push me out of the way so that His glory can shine through.
Father, forgive us for when we are an obstacle to you. May we never again block your will, in our own lives and in the lives of others. Amen.