Wednesday, June 13, 2012

FATHER KNOWS BEST

"The apostle Peter wrote this regarding Jesus:  'Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously' (1 Peter 2:23).  The word 'committed' is the Greek word paradidomi, a compound of the words para and didomi.  The word para means alongside and carries the idea of coming close alongside to someone or to some object.  The word didomi means to give.  When compounded together, it presents the idea of entrusting something to someone.  The prefix para suggests that this is someone to whom you have drawn very close.  It can be translated to commit, to yield, to commend, to transmit, to deliver, or to hand something over to someone else.

The Lord Jesus yielded Himself to the Father who judges righteously when He found Himself in this unjust situation.  In that difficult hour, He drew close to the Father and fully entrusted Himself and His future into the hands of the Father.  Jesus knew He was in the Father's will, so He chose to entrust Himself into the Father's care and to leave the results in His control.

If you are in a situation that seems unfair or unjust and there is nothing you can do to change it, you must draw as close to the Father as you can and commit yourself into His loving care.  You know He wants the best for you, even though you have found yourself in a predicament that seems so undeserved.  Your options are to get angry and bitter and turn sour toward life, or to choose to believe that God is in control and working on your behalf, even if you don't see anything good happening at the present moment.

When Jesus was arrested and taken to Caiaphas to be severely mistreated, there was no escape for Him.  He had no choice but to trust the Father.  What other choice do you have today?"

(Sparkling Gems From the Greek, Rick Renner, p.234)

*Mr. Renner said this really well, so I thought I would share it as is with you.  Hope it encourages you.  God bless you.
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1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
"When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.  Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly."