Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Are You An Obstacle?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Dayth January 2011

I don’t think any of us would dare step into the middle of a motorway to purposely stand in the way of a speeding juggernaut, but sometimes we do try to stand in the way of God!

Let me share with you three ways in which we can stand in the way of what God is doing:

1. When we do not understand why He is doing what He is doing

‘[Jesus] came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." (John 13:6–8)

Peter didn’t understand what Jesus was doing and so was trying to stand in His way by not letting Jesus wash his feet. By standing in Jesus’ way Peter risked having no part with Him.

2. When we are more concerned with the things of man than the things of God

‘From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 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 16:21–23)

There are two wrong motives in our thinking related with not minding the things of God:

  • We don’t like what we hear - Peter didn’t like or agree with what Jesus said
  • We want to help God out - Peter claimed he could fix it and change God’s plan

But to stand in Jesus’ way would have prevented our only means of salvation – The death and resurrection of Jesus.

3. When we do not want to take up our cross and follow Christ

‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

The order is that we are to come after not before Christ.

When we put ourselves or our agenda before him, whether intentionally or not, then we get in the way of what He is doing.

Ultimately we have to die to what we want in order to experience the blessing of living in what He wants.

Have a good week getting out of the way.

Pastor Barry

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