The Blessing of Tribulation - God Uses Bad Things for Good - Monday, December 18th
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet.” Matthew 2:1-5
Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know--this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2:22-24
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” We have tribulation because we live in a fallen world where bad things happen. Bad things happen because sin and death entered the world when mankind fell through rebellion and disobedience. God took the risk of sin and death entering the world and all its effects when he created mankind with the ability to choose. He created mankind with the ability to choose in order to have the possibility of a true love relationship with them. He wanted to have a true love relationship with them so that the circle of intimate companionship, communication, and co-operation that existed in the Godhead could be expanded. It was into this fallen world where bad things happen that God placed His only begotten Son who would sacrifice himself for mankind in order for them to be restored to God and all that He had in mind for them in the first place. But the enemy, Satan. and his instrument Herod were troubled at the presence of Jesus and sought a way to interfere. God seeking to expand His circle of love and the enemy interfering has been the cycle of things down through the ages. But we can take courage because Jesus has overcome this world of tribulation and will wonderfully bring us to the other side of it some day while all the while having used the bad things of life to accomplish His glorious purposes.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, you are so good at creating reversals of things that would otherwise bring disruption and harm. History reflects this as do the experiences of my own life. Thank you for this. Help me not to forget it when I face new tribulations. May I go forward always counting on you to work in amazing ways and always expecting you to use bad things for bringing about good. Amen!
Posted on Mon, December 18, 2017
by Ken Hart