THE SCRIPTURES repeatedly acknowledge the existence of a sure pathway in life and greatly expand our understanding of what it is about. On becoming king of Israel, young Solomon earnestly prays to the Lord: “Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9). Solomon recognizes that knowing good from evil lies at the heart of discernment. Jesus carries the matter even farther. When Peter sees great good in Jesus continuing his ministry, Jesus rebukes him for failing to see the still greater good God desires to give (Matt. 16:21-23).
—Marjorie J. Thompson and Stephen V. Doughty
The Way of Discernment Participant’s Book
Companions in Christ Series
From pages 17–18 of The Way of Discernment Participant’s Book, Companions in Christ Series by Marjorie J. Thompson and Stephen V. Doughty. Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Can you think of a time when you focused on human wants and needs more than God’s desire? Share your thoughts.
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
—Matthew 16:21-23, NRSV
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