Monday, April 27th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 19)
Submission To Injustice
You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Matthew 5:38-42 (NKJV)
Jacob submitted to the injustice of deception. Leah submitted to the injustice of disregard. Joseph submitted to the injustice of slavery. David submitted to the injustice of betrayal.
Daniel submitted to the injustice of a lion's den. His friends submitted to the injustice of a fiery furnace. Jeremiah submitted to the injustice of prison. Hosea submitted to the injustice of infidelity. Jesus submitted to the injustice of the Cross.
Why? Consider three reasons:
1) Being a submissive servant invites your Supreme Boss to handle it: 'Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord' (Romans 12:19). 'For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you' (2 Thessalonians 1:6).
2) In some cases, the persecutors were changed: Eventually, Jacob loved Leah and Pharaoh promoted Joseph. Three kings became believers in the God of Daniel and his friends. A Roman Centurion became a believer in Jesus on the Cross: 'Truly this Man was the Son of God' (Mark 15:39).
3) In all cases, the victims became victors, bullies became broken and justice was served. Even today, a come-from-behind hero makes a better story than an early-lead favorite. Therein, remarkable transformations of losers-turned-winners spread like YouTube videos-gone-viral. God is glorified.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: When Joseph's brothers repented for their dastardly deed, he replied: 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20).
In other words, through the evil that Joseph suffered, the stage was set for a great delivery--not just of Joseph, but also the nation of Israel. Now consider two more things:
1) The suffering that you (or others) have endured is a set-up for coming delivery. Hang in there, don't fight it and expect success. The Bible shows these finales take time, so be patient.
2) The suffering that media has brought to innocent lives, this world-covering technology, this star-making machine, has set you up for success. Through you, God will reap where He did not sow.*
Because what the enemy intended for harm, 'God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.'
To Be Continued...
* 'I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor' (John 4:38). See the key Chapter of John 4: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+4&version=NASB
* 'His lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest' (Matthew 25:26-27). See The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.