Jesus turned to Peter and said, ” Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, and not from God’s.” Matt 16:23 NLT
So there are at least 2 points of view: The human point of view and God’s.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the human’s. That’s where we operate from most times. This view depends on the five senses to make decisions and judgment. It is conditioned by what we see and touch. And that’s what makes it so limited because anything beyond that realm is rejected. It is also based on immediate gain—What’s in it for me, now?
The God’s point of view is the realm of faith. It operates from the unseen realm. It knows that things are not the way they appear presently. It’s a realm not easily moved by what is seen now. And that’s what makes it inaccessible to so many. It’s a realm ruled by the sixth sense.
When Peter rebuked Jesus for accepting to die so cheaply, he was operating from the human point of view. He was using human’s idea and wisdom to make his judgment. In his own assessment, Jesus could easily use his supernatural power to repel any attack. But Jesus was seeing beyond death. He was thinking of the sacrifice that would atone for all humanity. For him, death is not a failure or a weakness but rather a step to glory.
Friend, I don’t know what you’re going through right now, but I want you to look at it from another angle, from God’s point of view. Could there be a glory beyond all that is happening to you? What you are going through may appear beyond explanation but can you submit to the greater cause? Can you see beyond?
When you see from God’s point of view, you see differently. Problems are not as overwhelming as they appear. Reconciliation becomes easy. Resolving conflict becomes exciting. Forgiveness is achievable. When you operate from God’s point of view, people will misunderstand you for sure. They’d think you’re a fool. They’d wonder why you’re suing for peace when you should be fighting for your right.
But it is one of those times when the end justifies the means. Because at the end of the day, God’s wisdom triumphs and transcends every other option. I close with Joseph’s immortal words to his brothers who sold him into slavery.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. GENESIS 50:20