How great is our God! He truly must be sovereign. If He were not, He would have to be much more careful in who He chooses. Why would He choose 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 choose such undeserving people in which to display His glory and power? How great is our God!
I am struck by Peter's bold assertion that what Jesus says about him is not true. Even though he had seen all Jesus had done and heard all Jesus had taught, he thought Jesus did not uniquely know him. Peter should have grasped that Jesus "knew all people "and "what was in man" (John 2:24–25). He should have appreciated Jesus for His 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 know him. I exhibit the same blindness at times 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 know myself. Please give me the wisdom and courage to faithfully apply Your word to myself.
"If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them." There have always been those who desire to destroy the Jewish people. Haman is just one in a long list. God has other plans. Just as He 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". When I conduct both my life and my speech on the hope of what God has promised, I've 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 in the promise of God.
Jesus, You are my King. I desire that all my life be lived 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.