WHEN GOD SEEMS HELPLESS

In Matthew 2 we read the account of Joseph’s dream where he is warned regarding Herod’s intent to kill the baby Jesus. The angel instructs him to take Mary and the baby and flee to Egypt. Have you ever stopped to examine this account carefully? If Jesus is God’s Son,why is He fleeing from a mere mortal? Why didn’t God move Herod’s heart to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah? If not, why didn’t God just kill Herod? Why didn’t the soldiers have a change of heart? These are some very important questions that have tremendous implications to our daily lives – “Where is God when bad things happen?Where is God when evil people are bent on hurting children, the innocent, and, even, God’s people? Is God too powerless to even carryout His own grand plan in this world?

GOD’S WAY AND GOD’S TIMING

When God gave the promise that a virgin will give birth to a child who will be the Savior of the world, the people did not understand its meaning. In fact, they dismissed it as a foolish idea. How could a little child save us from the coming Syrian-Ephraim invasion? Instead of listening to the prophet Isaiah, King Ahaz of Judah sought the help of the king of Assyria. In the end, they all suffered. Sadly, we look everywhere else but towards God during times of trouble. We want God to work in our life but we want Him to do it our way and in our timing. What we fail to realize is that God’s ways are much higher than our ways. All we can do is humbly submit to His authority and when we do, we see God’s size results in His timing.

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