And now, friends, I know you had no idea what you were doing when you killed Jesus, and neither did your leaders. But God, who through the preaching of all the prophets had said all along that his Messiah would be killed, knew exactly what you were doing and used it to fulfill his plans. -Acts 3:17–18, THE MESSAGE
Peter, a common fisherman, is preaching to huge crowds everywhere he goes. He is now in the temple gate and preaching from Solomon’s porch. Despite his humble beginnings, he is being honored and shown respect as a man of learning and wisdom. Friends, don’t ever feel inadequate in sharing God’s truth to others because you feel you don’t have enough formal education. Wisdom begins in humility, knowing that God is to be respected and feared above all.
Peter doesn’t pull any punches. He tells it straight to the crowd. You killed the Messiah. He adds that it was in ignorance, which probably made some of them madder. But before calling the people to repentance, he makes a bold declaration. “God knew what you were doing and used it to fulfill his plans.” Not even the worst misunderstanding and mistake in human history was outside of God’s plans.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” He works all things together for good. If you love Jesus, rest in this promise. Even when you make mistakes thinking you are doing the right thing.
God knew. God knows! He knows what’s going on in your life right now. Give your heart to Him in humility and commitment and see what great things He can do through you. It’s time to trust God with a brand-new understanding of His commitment toward you.
Prayer: Thank you for the marvelous plans you have for my life. Thank you for guiding my steps even when I don’t fully understand the direction you are taking me.