Today's devotion is based on Mark 8:31-33, "Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."
The disciple Peter wanted Jesus to share his human concerns. Jesus recognized that those human concerns were a temptation from Satan. If Jesus did not suffer, Peter would not be saved. So, Jesus rebuked Peter, pointing out that the devil was behind his human concerns.
Even if you do not always understand why Jesus is not acting according to your human concerns, you can trust that he knows what he is doing. He has in mind the concerns of God, and those are always in your best interest.
Please pray with me: Lord Jesus, relieve my human concerns by giving me insight into God's concerns for my good. Open my heart to believe your Word and put it into practice in my life. Keep me safe from all onslaughts against my faith, and finally, bring me home with you in heaven. In your holy name, I pray, Amen.