Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
But he turned, and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.”– Matthew 16:23
It was Peter’s love for Christ that made him fight against this portrayal of his Lord. In his love he wanted to hold the Master back from wasting His life, but in doing this he was acting the part of Satan in seeking to tempt Jesus from His great work of sacrifice. This way of the cross was not an accident; it was the way marked out for Christ. To go away from it would be to fail in His mission.
Our best friends may tempt us in the same way. In their love for us they may try to keep us from doing things which will lead to sacrifice. Parents may seek to restrain their children from going overseas. Any of us, with the best intentions for our friends, may discourage them from dangerous or painful service which may be their duty to accomplish. We need to guard ourselves at this point. The path of true success does not always lie along the sunny hillside. Sometimes it goes down into the dark valley of self-sacrifice. If we try to stop anyone from doing hard tasks or urging them to choose easier ways, we may be doing Satan’s work. We may be plucking the crown from the brow of our friend by holding back his or her feet from the way of the cross.
We all need to guard against the counsel of friends who would restrain us from costly or dangerous service. In matters of duty we must know only one guide and follow the call of only one voice. We are not set in this world to have an easy time. We are not born to focus on our own desires. We are here to go where Christ leads and to follow Him to [pain and to death if He leads us in those paths. We dare not allow ourselves to be turned aside by misguided good intentions of human love. It is the way of duty that takes us home.