Intentional “Defeat”

Luke 13:33   (KJV)   33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem

Our Lord Jesus is intentional and purposeful in everything He does. He knew why He came. He came to seek and to save the lost, to give His life as a ransom for us. He kept going from place to place, preaching the Good News, healing the sick, delivering the oppressed. His luke-13-33-intentional-defeatplans are perfect. Even His death came at a perfect time, at a perfect place—Jerusalem. He’s never out of control. What was seemingly a very pitiful experience turned out to be surprisingly powerful.

God knows us; He knows our frame: our strength, our weaknesses; He knows our needs. He adjusts according to what’s necessary. In His plans, in God’s Kingdom, we never underestimate what may appear very small, and weak. Our patriarch Jacob, in wrestling with an interestingly “random” being who appeared out of nowhere got the blessing he demanded: “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28).

Many believe the Jacob encounter to be one of our Lord Jesus’ theophanies. God had a purpose; He made the necessary “accommodations” so as to allow Jacob to win. There, the “deceiver, heel-grabber, or supplanter” was turned to one “who prevails with God,” or “God fights,” or “God prevails.” There was something way much bigger than the “small” man Jacob. And the man Jacob wrestled with and beat; don’t be deceived, a simple touch on Jacob’s hips wrenched it out of its socket. Jacob knew this: “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved (Genesis 32:30).

That’s how it is in the Kingdom, it’s not always as it appears. Jesus likened it to a mustard seed that becomes a huge tree; a yeast that permeates every part of the dough; a seed that continues to grow even while the farmer sleeps. Jesus resolutely faithfully ministered, and resolutely walked towards His destiny, a seeming defeat that we now know was a public display of His triumph over His enemies.

Loving Victory

Psalm 13:4-5  (HCSB)   My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliveranceI

It was the pride and joy of the enemy to see David shaken and fallen. Yes, David – the man after God’s own heart was shaken. Despite that, he didn’t lose heart; he had faith. He knew that joy was his; he believed that deliverance will come. His assurance was in knowing, believing and trusting that God loved him.

Our enemies’ victories are not final; the final score will declare God and His people triumphant. God’s seeming silence in the middle of attacks against Him and us doesn’t mean He’s carelessly indifferent and inactive; it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care. Simply, He isn’t threatened and He isn’t worried. We shouldn’t be either. He loves us; His plans for us are still good and never evil. His plans are still to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Those haven’t changed; and neither has He. His deliverance will come; His will will be done, the final victory has been won.

Our loving and victorious God, Please help us to really learn to see everything through the eyes of faith. The enemies may declare their triumph, but may we see the reality of their defeat. The enemies may rejoice because we have fallen; but help us to joyfully see you lovingly lifting us up. May our eyes never fail to see our ultimate destiny of victory, in Jesus’ Name, amen.