In today’s devotional we consider a statement one of the thieves cruxified with Jesus made in Luke 23:41 under the topic Purpose or punishment. Luke 23:41 (NIV) “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
This was the reply of one of the two thieves that were crucified with Jesus Christ when his partner blasphemed Jesus Christ. He said, we are under the same condemnation without committing the same offence.
What he was trying to say was that, we received this condemnation as a reward for our wicked deeds, but this Man, referring to Jesus Christ has done nothing wrong. In other words, we are here for punishment He is here for a purpose. We are here for death He is here for destiny.
Sin is not the only reason behind affliction; there are people that suffer for righteousness sake and there are people whose suffering is the harvest of the seed of wickedness sown in the past.
So we learn from this statement that iniquity is not the only reason people go through adversity; sometime the path of destiny may lead through the highway of adversity.
If you are on the cross right now, you know whether it is for punishment or for purpose. Incase it is for punishment the mercy of God is still available just like the thief pleaded with Jesus and received mercy, you can receive mercy right now.
Peradventure, it is for a purpose, you can receive the grace to endure till the end. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Do not take offence at what your brethren have said or are saying, hold on to the end. The outcome will prove you right. Do you know any believer going through hard time? It is good to stand with them in prayer whether you know why or not. Yours is not to judge, but to stand with them in prayer.
What should be a proper attitude when we see one of brethren going through a season of trial?
Let God arise and defend His name in the lives of believers that are going through seasons of affliction.