In the Wrong Place at the Right Time!
By Paul StanleyJanuary 16, 2018
I was reading through some OT passages in the last few days and it dawned on me how often people were caught up in something sketchy or in a place that seems like it is wrong, but in God's great way, his plan continued to unfold.
We see Jacob hustling to get Isaac's blessing that rightfully belonged to Esau, Tamar behaving in a scandalous way with Judah, Joseph being sold off into slavery and unjustly imprisoned, the Israelites and their foolish behavior in the desert that caused them to wander for 40 years, or Rahab the prostitute helping the Hebrew spies. I cant figure out why people think the OT is boring. It has more blood, guts, intrigue, action, drama and deception than any movie coming out of Hollywood!
In spite of all that I read, the redemptive story of God continues to weave its way through the story of humanity in a seamless and perfect way. In fact, a couple of those folks that seemed so bad ended up in the physical lineage of Jesus himself.
Regardless of how people act or who they are or where they are from or the places they end up in, God is still working out every detail to bring about his plan to bring Jesus into the world. Who would have thought in those days that someone like Tamar, who scandalously got pregnant by her father-in-law, of Rahab, a prostitute, helping the Hebrews enter the Promised Land, or that a scamming Jacob or even a treacherous Judah, would weave their way into the history and story of the Messiah who was to come to save the world from its sin.
Perhaps it should cause us to stop and think as we see how the world seems to be coming down around us, or a Christian brother or sister stumble (or even ourselves), that is spite our position or the worlds behavior, God's redemptive plan is still unfolding and it will go off without a hitch. Sometimes we find ourselves somehow feeling excluded from God because of what we have done or where we have been. As long as you are repentant, you have nothing to worry about. You may even find some of your mistakes, when put under the blood of Christ, be used by God for his perfect plan and goodness.
Heck, who knows, you might even make it to the Hebrew Hall of faith as well. You will be in good company!
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