Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
In Acts 12:2 James is killed by a sword. James was the brother of John. I can only imagine what happened when the news arrived at James’ home and his family heard the news. His wife and children would have been devastated. But not so devastated as they would be after the next event.
Can you imagine with me as they cried and the church comforted them. God knows best. God is going to take care of you. This could happen to any of us!
Then Peter gets taken. His wife and children have to imagine the worst. The church begins to pray. God answers and soon Peter is back home.
What must the family of James have thought? How did this happen? Why did this happen? Why did God take care of Peter and not take care of dad?
Sometimes things happen that seem to be so unfair. God takes care of someone else and doesn’t take care of us. Though we know that He knows best it still hurts and we do not understand.
How can we just trust God even when it hurts? How must the church of comforted the family of James? Were they forgotten? Were they expected to just bear up under the burden?
What must it have felt like to see all the rejoicing at church while she was still grieving? Did she “man up” and handle it well or was there a small seed of bitterness?
Things have always happened that didn’t seem that fair. God takes care of one and apparently abandons the other. We know that this isn’t the truth. God really takes care of both and does what is best but it is hard to trust Him in that!
Just something to meditate on if you are going through one of those apparent unfair moments in your life right now!