2 Chronicles 2:11 (KJV) 11Then Huram the king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved his people, he hath made thee king over them.
God raising a good leader demonstrates His love for His people. The question arises: “If God ordains who rules, why then aren’t all leaders godly? In fact, it seems like God’s own Old Covenant people had more evil rulers than godly ones.” That’s absolutely true. There is no question about God’s love for everyone—good and bad alike. In fact, that’s how He so beautifully demonstrated His love for us: when we were still sinners, Jesus died for us.
God loves everyone; sad to say, not everyone loves God. God desires that all men be saved; not all will be saved. His grace is available to all; not everyone avails of His grace. Those truths don’t mean His character changes; He never does; His love is constant. He always desires the best for His people. That’s why through His Holy Spirit, He continues to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He wants everyone to turn to Him and experience life that’s full and super abundant.
Through history, we’ve seen how God raised up good leaders among rebellious people. Those leaders become God’s catalysts for revival. God can do that. Why, it’s because He’s ultimately in control. He loves even the worst of us and wants us to repent and return to Him. If He chooses a leader as the influence to turn the tide towards godliness, so be it. We rejoice when the righteous leads, or at least, the more righteous of the choices. Our perception about our leaders are governed by our precious Lord and His values. Our devotion is to Him. We choose what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly, and we don’t have to guess as to our basis for them; we have God’s Word. Praise God for His direction, for His truth, and for allowing us to see clearly.
Matthew 1:2525And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Joseph wasn’t instructed not to have any sexual relations with Mary after he took her as his wife. He had all the spiritual and legal freedom to “touch” her without violating anything. By his own volition, he did not. His act factored in affirming a major prophecy about a virgin being with child, a prophecy which could be interpreted in many different ways. And it was not an act that he needed to “sacrifice” for a day; he patiently held off for nine months or so.
There’s no indication of any doubt or mistrust left in Joseph. After an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and shared to him very pertinent information regarding the pregnancy and the Child, his conviction was solid. He trusted her, so the reason for him holding off was not in any way negative at all. The Word is silent about it; all we could do is surmise, but whatever his reasons were, it definitely looked more positively and suitably in relation to the prophecy.
True, he didn’t hold off from any sexual relationship with Mary forever. Nine months is a long time, but we know it wasn’t forever. True, Mary had other children; Jesus had brothers and sisters: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him” (Mark 6:3). Clearly, Joseph and Mary engaged in procreative activities after the birth of their first born. Our precious Lord Jesus’ birth alone was of a miraculous kind; the rest of them were natural, biological birth, but God’s Word remained true in all of Joseph’s actions and turn of events.
Our sensitivity to situation and our conscientiousness has a big role in living wisely and more efficiently for God and in His Kingdom. There are good choices and bad choices; we choose the good. There are good choices, better choices, and best choices; we choose the best. We care for the welfare of our King and His Kingdom. Praise God for His Word and Holy Spirit Who guides us in navigating through the often complex twists and turns in our world.
1 Samuel 28:2 (KJV) 2 And David said to Achish, Surely thou shalt know what thy servant can do. And Achish said to David, Therefore will I make thee keeper of mine head for ever.
Being a keeper of a king’s head isn’t too bad – imagine being a personal bodyguard of a king – that ought to be an honorable position. But, what may be a really good thing may not be the best thing. David has already been chosen by God to be a king; he has already been anointed by the prophet Samuel as God’s personally chosen replacement for King Saul.
A lot of times, we find ourselves in situations when we forget our God-given destiny. The immediate satisfaction becomes a distraction from our great future. We get ourselves in tight predicaments and just not to be in bigger trouble, any good offer becomes a great offer. We swallow what’s fed us never knowing that it’s poisoning our tomorrow.
Never believe that we will never be afforded with choices without undue pressure. When these opportunities come, let’s choose wisely. Let’s use both our hearts and minds. Never lose sight of what God wants us to become and who God wants us to be. Let’s not our present passions blind us from our future promises. The trend of the culture can pressure us to hurry ourselves. Somehow, we ought to be like everyone else. Let’s not forget: the Lord’s plans for us are almost always different from the ways of the world. They’re always better than the world’s. Good is good, but best is best. Choose well.
Praise You Father; You’re perfect! You’re the best!!! Thank You for always desiring what’s best for us. Please help us to be wise and discerning. Help us that we won’t ever trade our spiritual birthrights to a “bowl of stew.” We may be passionately hungry for something right now, and we may feel it’s very important for us to satisfy our present passion. But may we always remember: Your offers and plans for us are way better than our passions – unless our passion is You, in Jesus’ Name, amen.
Luke 23:41 (KJV) 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Unlike the traditional religious beliefs, there was really no bad thief and good thief; both of them were thieves and they both started off insulting Jesus. Unlike many who are caught in a crime, they didn’t claim innocence. One of the two thieves crucified with Jesus eventually humbly admitted that they were guilty and thus justly deserving of the crucifixion they were suffering.He also pointed out that unlike them, Jesus was completely innocent. Jesus died for no crime He personally committed. But die for crime, He did. His condemnation, suffering, and death were substitutionary. He died for the sins of the world.
Thief or not, we’re all guilty of sin. And if we will be humble enough, we ought to admit our guilt and how deserving we are of our sins’ consequences or punishment. Obviously, there is a natural desire to get away with our wrongdoings. There are many of us who would desire to, plan to, and commit sin and not think about the consequences. Worse still, when dealt with the natural result of our foolishness, we ask, “Why me?” But there are those of us who awake to this humbling reality. Thank God because we’re not left without an answer to the dilemma. There is Jesus. He didn’t deserve to die but He willingly did for the very help we need. We need forgiveness from sin. We need salvation. That’s why He came; that’s why He died. He is the Savior.
Dear God our Savior, thank You for Your loving Provision and sacrifice. May we all be honest about our true condition and need. May we all find the wisdom of fully depending on the only One Who gave His perfect life for our salvation. In Jesus’ Name, amen.