Today, as a Christian man, is one of those days when you just look to God with the that look of “Wait; What?” In the past couple of days we’ve celebrated the birth of Christ, the martyrdom of Stephen, the feast of St. John the Evangelist and now today, we remember the loss of the Holy Innocents. I’m not a biblical expert, but I believe this is the 2nd time where the lives of so many innocent children are lost – and this is the bitter pill to swallow – in order that I might be saved. As a part of Salvation History, we remember the Passover – from the 12th verse of the 12th Chapter of Exodus…
And then, immediately following the birth of Christ, Joseph is given warning to take his family and flee – to all places – Egypt, to avoid the wrath of King Herod…
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:
A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.
That is a lot of innocent blood shed for the sake of my soul. I pray about this often and what I’m continually led to is the following verse from scripture…Isaiah’s 55th chapter…
7 Let the wicked forsake their way,
and sinners their thoughts;
Let them turn to the LORD to find mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
And so it is that I continue to forge ahead with a strong faith in God. I must trust the Lord not only with what I can understand and truly revel in with His greatness, but I must also trust the Lord with all that I can’t understand or comprehend. I must have total faith that God’s ways are true, and ultimately, just. God’s path to eternal life may be hard to follow, but it is the only path for me to reach that eternal banquet in heaven. And so this is truly why I end each post with the following mantra’s…
God’s will, not mine, be done. Jesus, I trust in You. Be not afraid; just have faith.
Everyday, every minute, every second of my life must be lived in complete trust in the Lord. Today’s feast day of the Holy Innocents is a stark reminder of that total commitment.
Do something great for our Lord today – commit to follow in His way; in His truth; in His light. As Job proclaimed so many years ago – the Lord gives and the Lord takes away – either way, Blessed Be The Lord.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
He must increase; I must decrease.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.