January 10 Difficult Lessons

Scripture reading: Matthew 16:21–28

Key verse: Matthew 16:22

Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

Often the lessons surrounding love are difficult to learn. Peter and the others discovered this one afternoon as they listened to Jesus teach God’s truth. For the first time, Christ’s words tore at their minds, filling them with anguish and fear.

The Lord explained how He had to go to Jerusalem where He would suffer and die. Up until that point, the disciples had not fully heard what Jesus was saying to them. But now they did, and their hearts were wild with fear. Peter immediately tried to rebuke the Lord by saying, “This shall not happen to You!” (Matt 16:22).

But Jesus stood firm. Like the others, Peter could not yet see the strength of eternal love supporting and protecting the Son of man.

Perhaps you are going through a difficult season, and you don’t understand why God has allowed you to suffer. Be assured that God loves you and that He has a plan for your life. Even when darkness seems to surround you, God is at work. His love never stops, never gives up, and never gives in to devastating circumstances.

Jesus understood how painful it would be for His disciples to hear of His impending death. He administered comfort when it was needed and eternal hope when the emotional darkness became too much for them to bear—and He will do the same for you.

Father, thank You for Your comforting presence in the dark times. I am so glad that You love me and have a wonderful plan for my life.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 11). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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