The Blessing of Tribulation - God Is Out in Front Paving the Way - Wednesday, December 20th
He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Matthew 2:15
They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:6-10
So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans. But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship ….When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea. Acts 8:25-27, 39-40
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Sometimes participating in God’s kingdom work leads to tribulation. However, God often steers us clear of tribulation in order for us to be in position to participate in kingdom work. Perhaps we might view a trip and extended stay in Egypt as tribulation, but it takes on a different flavor when it is compared to falling into Herod’s hands and not being around for future service. We can be thankful that as we go about living our lives in service to God that He is out in front paving the way. What a wonderful thing it is to know that the One who has infinite wisdom and power is orchestrating the path of our lives and that the seeming detours that come our way are never truly the barren, empty desert roads we think them to be.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, it must have been quite a thing for Joseph and Mary with their young child in tow to end up in Egypt and have to stay there indefinitely. How much they must have felt waylaid, particularly with all the unique things revealed to them about Jesus and his destiny. There have been many things you have allowed to come into my life that initially seem to interfere with rather than help me to serve you and live for you. I am learning more and more to believe you are really out in front paving the way and using everything ( even the tribulations) to accomplish amazing things. Amen!
Posted on Wed, December 20, 2017
by Ken Hart