God’s Will is Higher than Man’s

Herod the king, a ruler of man, did not want another ruler more respected than himself. He becomes troubled when he receives word that the prophecy of the Messiah may be fulfilled.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Matthew 2:1‭-‬3 NKJV

King Herod’s desire, his will, is now to destroy any chance of a new ruler to threaten his or his family’s reign. However, God’s will was unfolding on earth as it was written in prophecy. Herod has two plans to destroy the newborn king: 1) to have the wise men lead him to the newborn to kill him and, later when they do not comply, 2) to murder all male children two years of age and younger in the town of Bethlehem. Both plans are unsuccessful because the will of God is higher than man’s. Divine warnings were provided to both the wise men and Joseph.

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they (the wise men) should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Matthew 2:12 NKJV

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” Matthew 2:13 NKJV

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God’s Will Versus Ours

I have always found it interesting that God has His will and we have ours. He gave us free will so that we can make choices, live our lives. But, He also has a will and makes plans. Those plans do affect our lives.

Joseph’s brothers devised a plan to get rid of him. They decided that they did not want him in their lives. Of course, this sounds like a very bad event for Joseph. What ultimately could have ruined his life forever ended up being a good turn of events.

God intervened His will in Jopeph’s life. God had a plan to turn these events into something good. Joseph ended up living the dreams God had given him.

Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but  God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it  is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21 NKJV

God does work in mysterious ways. This is much like when my wife and I lost a newborn son and ended up having a daughter shortly after. Would we have had a daughter if we had not lost our son? We were not planning on having another child at the time. God ended up turning a tragic event (losing our son), into a very good event in having a daughter. Losing our son was hurtful. But, our daughter brought us joy. God worked something evil into something good.