At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Mark 8:33
Some seconds may make a big difference.
After Peter had his grand moment, via “You are the Messiah.” statement, he is addressed as Satan by Jesus. This comes only some seconds apart. Short time indeed. According to Mark, the change came after only three sentences. Short distance indeed. After hitting the bullseye, Peter is way off God’s line of thinking.
Quite revealing. How a man can change to an earthly head from a heavenly thinker.
No wonder Paul admonishes, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8. You can hit the bullseye, Paul suggests. Think the way God thinks. Perceive things the way God looks at matters in your life.
A human thinks you are a hypocrite, God thinks you are persevering.
A person beside you thinks he has no value, God loves him unconditionally.
You are laid off from your job and you think you have no worth to the company, God is thinking what is best for you.
A friend is insecure about his past, God will use his past for the present and for the future.
A family member is thinking his physical condition is hopeless, God alone is our hope and healer who can make miracles happen.
God considers you as precious in his sight and that he has a plan for you, when humans conclude you are part of their waste basket.
God turns your bad moments to good events, man dwells on the worst of the bad circumstances.
Make each second count. Think as God does. Always hit the bullseye.