The isolated reading of a story can lead us to wrong conclusions. For example, in Acts 12, how could the Lord let the apostle James die? No motive on Herod’s part is given, only the fact of James’ death at the hands of the arrogant and tyrannical king.

He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword.
Acts 12:2 NET

How could God let an apostle die only to liberate another soon thereafter? He freed Peter, also imprisoned by Herod, who saw that the persecution of the Christians pleased the Jews.

In this chapter, in this sequence of events, we must read the story to the end. King Herod exercised power on a whim and was acclaimed as a god by the people of Tyre and Sidon, shortly thereafter to die horribly, eaten by worms.

We cannot explain the evil that happens to the church. We can affirm God’s sovereignty. He acts in his time in order to fulfill through his people his plan of salvation. (See verses 24 and 25.)

Perhaps here we have an example of the limitation of the work of Satan against the church. The devil is chained so that his action does not devastate the church (Revelation 20:3). However that may be, it is clear that God continues to be in control.

Our Father who reigns from heaven, we trust at every turn in your goodness and in your guidance of our lives. We know that the Lord is king of kings. We rest in your care, through Christ. Amen.

Hold this thought: God has all power and he exercises it according to his good purpose.

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