Sunday, August 09, 2009

When life don't make sense

The sermon today was on Mark 8:31-38.

Mark 8:31-38 (ESV)
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Sometimes life just do not make sense to us. Just like what happened here when Jesus told the disciples what will happen, Peter took him aside to rebuke him. Peter was the one who got rebuked instead. Jesus insist that he must set his mind on the things of God and not on the things of men.

If we compared the things of God and the things of men, there is no comparison. We are usually short-sighted in what we should aim for but God is omniscient. We see our molehills as mountains whereas God is omnipotent. We only see as far as our sight or understanding can behold but God is omnipresent. So we need to stop arguing with God with things he tells us and things he wants us to do. Things that are very clear in Scriptures as his commandments for us, like "love your neighbour as yourselves", "make disciples of all men" just to name a couple.



  1. So we need to stop arguing with God with things he tells us and things he wants us to do.

    Ph if only we would all do this.

  2. So true. But sometimes I find it hard to differentiate between what I want to do and what God wants me to do.