How great is our God! He must be absolutely sovereign. If He were not, God would have to be much more careful in who He chooses. Why would He want Jacob knowing him to be such a deceiver? Why would He choose me, knowing me to be such a ____? Why would He be so gracious to pick such undeserving people in which to display His glory and power? How great is our God!
“Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” Matthew 26:33 NLT
Peter's bold assertion strikes me as obtuse when he disagrees with Jesus. Even though he had seen all Jesus had done and heard all Jesus had taught, he thought Jesus did not uniquely know him. Shouldn't Peter have grasped that Jesus "knew all people" and "what was in man" (John 2:24–25)? Didn't He appreciate Jesus' ability to respond to the question Nicodemus wanted to ask but didn't (John 3:3)? He had seen many fail in their attempts to test Jesus because He knew them (John 8:6). Yet, Peter did not believe Jesus could understand him. I exhibit the same blindness with Jesus. I know what He says is true, so why do I struggle as it applies to me personally?
Lord Jesus, it is so easy to see how others should apply Your Word to their life. Forgive me for playing God, acting as if I know what is in my fellow man. I struggle to understand myself. Please give me the wisdom and courage to faithfully live by Your Word before helping others apply it in their lives.
"If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king’s business, that they may put it into the king’s treasuries.”
There have always been those who desire to destroy the Jewish people. Haman is just one in a long list. We see over and over that God has other plans. God told Abraham in Genesis 12:3, "I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
"Now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers." Acts 26:6
When I conduct both my life and speech in the hope of what God has promised, I become an offense to those who reject Jesus as King. The Jews who were testifying against Paul had supported and encouraged him until he began to profess Jesus as the Christ. But Paul's hope was not in his association with men but the promise of God. The writer of Hebrews expresses the same thought in Hebrews 6:11-12, "We desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Lord Jesus, You are my King. I want to live my life as a faithful subject of Yours. May You be my encouragement and support above all else. May I hope in no one or anything else but You because You not only fulfill the promise, You are the promise.