Devotions

The terrible decision that was part of God’s plan

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The list of bad choices I’ve made over my lifetime is endless. Is it possible that a terrible decision can become part of God’s plan? Let’s take a peek at our scripture for the day.

Mark 15:6-15 (KJV)

Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.

And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

And they cried out again, Crucify him.

Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

Let’s think about it

It’s always a struggle to read this story. Pilate ruffles my feathers and I get so disgusted at him for allowing Christ to be crucified. He made a poor decision and so did the crowd.

He even questions the people regarding their decision to have Jesus crucified asking ‘Why? What evil has he done?’

He knew himself my Jesus was innocent yet he bowed down to an angry crowd’s demand for his own political gain. Pilate’s decision makes me so angry yet it is the one that put into motion the set of events that allow me to have everlasting life.

God had a plan for Jesus and a poor decision had to be made in order for it to happen. We will never fully understand God’s plan yet we must find a way to trust the process.

Let’s pray about it

Dear Heavenly Father, we get frustrated thinking of all the terrible decisions we have made. We ask forgiveness for our poor choices and ask for your guidance as we get our lives in sync with your ultimate plan.

Take care until we meet again.