Weekly Rewind (Week 2)
Sunday morning was a wonderful time of worshiping King Jesus and digging deeper into God’s Word. I was especially encouraged by one specific verse from Pastor Tre’s sermon text:
Why does this verse encourage me? Because it is one of many in scripture that reminds me that nothing is a surprise to God. Judas’ actions were a fulfillment of Scripture. It is a comfort to me to see examples like this one. The events leading up to Jesus’ arrest were not mistakes. God didn’t deviate from His plan. There is nothing and no one God cannot use as part of His perfect plan to bring salvation to us. Our all-knowing Heavenly Father put His plan in place before the foundation of the world. Many, many times in life things happen that we don’t understand. Often times events seem to us to be out of control. This could not be further from the truth.
Nothing is out of God’s control.
Remember that Peter is speaking to the disciples during the time following Jesus’ death and resurrection. This was a time of great uncertainty and fear for them. They had seen one of their own turn on their beloved Jesus. They had seen Jesus brutally killed and then resurrected. The disciples did not have the benefit of knowing how it would all turn out as we do. They had faith that Jesus was who He said He was and that everything He told them would come true. When we experience times of uncertainty and fear we can look at verses like Acts 1:16 for peace and comfort. It is comforting to me remember that God knew what Judas would do long before Judas even born.
As Pastor Tre reminded us on Sunday, Judas’ wickedness did not have the last word. Jesus did not remain in the grave. He rose! We can trust God’s plan. Wickedness may seem, at times to have the upper hand, but remember it does not. During this week, if you feel discouraged or frightened by events, remember the disciples in Acts 1. Remember how they responded in that time of fear and uncertainty. They obeyed Jesus and they busied themselves in prayer. We can do those same things. Through obedience and prayer we can show God that we trust Him and His plans. We can experience a deepening of our relationship with God when we look to His Word for comfort and see examples of times in our own lives when events seemed out of control, yet later God shows us that He was using them as part of His plan.
Can you think of someone you know that needs to hear about our all-knowing, all-powerful, resurrected Lord? Do you know someone who is going through a difficult time, experiencing circumstances that seem to be out of control? I will be praying this week for boldness and an opportunity to tell someone about King Jesus. I challenge and encourage you to do the same.