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So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But she could not because Herod stood in awe of John and protected him, since he knew that John was a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, and yet he liked to listen to John.
There is real power in the word of God. We see this power at work here in Herod's life, as we learn he liked to listen to John the Baptist speak. Herod protected John because of the power of God. It was not because John asked for protection, it was because the truth had started to impact Herod's heart at a level he did not understand. Some translations say that Herod "feared" John. It is of great comfort to be reminded that God is alive and well, working in the minds and hearts of others for His glory...and for our good.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from within a bush. He looked—and the bush was ablaze with fire, but it was not being consumed! So Moses thought, “I will turn aside to see this amazing sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him from within the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
God is the author of the miraculous. Here at Mt. Horeb, Moses encounters the living God: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God has heard Israel's cry for help, and He is going to use Moses to free them from Egyptian captivity. There is no end to the fire of God, and it's blaze does not depend on kindling or oxygen, but only God Himself. This awe-inspiring flame draws Moses in. God can and does use the miraculous to prepare hearts for ministry. Sometimes the miraculous is God's training ground for us.
Then his brothers also came and threw themselves down before him; they said, “Here we are; we are your slaves.” But Joseph answered them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant to harm me, but God intended it for a good purpose, so he could preserve the lives of many people, as you can see this day.
After everything that Joseph has been through, he continues to show great wisdom in how he deals with his brothers. The experience of meeting them again after they had betrayed him was very difficult, yet God continues to give him strength to be the man who he saw in a dream so long ago. There are times in life when other people try to do us harm - or some kind of harm simply happens to us. These things do not surprise God, and it is within His power to work them out for His good purpose. Praise God for His faithfulness and strength!
The Lord says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life, and will let him see my salvation.
"Because he hath set his love upon me" (KJV, NKJV paraphrased) Today, set your love upon the Lord. Live understanding that the love you have for God is part of your design, and sharing that love with others is equally a part of your design. Lasting love is birthed from encountering God on some level. See His design in your life and working through your life, because it is God who created you to love and to worship Him. Rest in love with the Lord your God, because He is always enough.
O Lord who rules over all, how blessed are those who trust in you!
Today, consider your trust in the Lord. Trust is born when you recognize that another sacrifices, or is consistently faithful in their relationship with you. In a way, trust is earned and in a way trust is given; a leap of faith if you will. In Christ, we are called to a trust that does not hesitate. We trust in the one who loved us enough to give everything to save us, and continues to love us with unyielding grace and mercy. We trust in Jesus Christ the Lord.