Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Marvel of Vindication

UV 2774/10000 The Marvel of Vindication
This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psalm 118 v 23

When we suffer rejection among men we should not be dejected. The Lord will turn it around miraculously and marvellously. The stone or person rejected will become the chief stone or cornerstone. Jesus Himself the Glorious Son of God was rejected during His earthly sojourn by the builders or the chiefs of society, polity and religion of the time. But today, He is become the cornerstone and the capstone of all of history. All rulers and leaders acknowledge Him as the greatest of all. Likewise, we who follow Him are likely to be rejected by the world. But the Lord will lift us up in due time. He will not leave or forsake us. He may not do it overnight or in one go. Often, He raises us step by step, measure by measure over time.
The Lord does not tell us ahead of time how and when He is going to accomplish that which He has planned for the rejected of this world, His followers. But He will orchestrate forces and circumstances that it will amaze us when it happens. We need to submit our sorrow of rejection to the Lord, be thankful, be joyful, patient and faithful and sure enough, He will do the wonder, the miracle of His power in due time, never early or late but just when it is His time. When rejection happens, it is most painful but so is the joy when the Lord vindicates us. What He does will make people wonder and it will be a lasting testimony to share all our lives. It will boost our faith and our knowledge of His great love and grace.
The Lord will make our enemies our footstool. Just as Joseph who was rejected by his brothers was lifted up to be ruler over them, the Lord will humble those who humiliate us. Those who opposed or rejected us will seek our help in their need. At such a time, like Joseph, we should not hold a grudge against them but be magnanimous and generous as Joseph was with his erring brothers. We need to understand that it is a pattern of the way the Lord does things to rescue His children, to make them an example of blessing and divine favour.
Prateep V Philip

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