Scripture ~ Matthew 16:22-23 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Observation ~ Peter loved Jesus. This came from love and respect for the person he was addressing. Peter couldn't believe that this (suffer many days . . . killed . . . raised again) was really what was next in line for Jesus. Think about it, though. How does one respond to that? Talk about a difficult situation for Peter. He simply blurted something out without thinking about/knowing what he was really saying. It wasn't malice, but it was foolish.
Application ~ It is always better to have silence and take a moment to think about what we are really saying, than to feel the need to fill the space and spit something right out. It's also alright to simply say, "I don't understand." or "I don't know what to say."
Prayer ~ Father, In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Pro 10:19) Please Lord, remove in me a desire to fill silence with foolishness. Give me the words, the wisdom to wait, or the grace to say, "I don't know what to say." when these situations arise.
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