16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 18 “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”
As I read and reflect on this passage, it is clear to me what a danger jealous and fearful anger is in our lives. Even more so when you are a leader with authority like Herod had. It is amazing that God foresaw this terrible day many years before it was to occur. Putting these two thoughts together, I can see that my anger or fear, no matter how keen felt, can be filtered and calmed in the light of God’s long sovereign awareness of all things. What if Herod had turned to the Lord in his anger and fear, instead of acting in such capricious insecurity?
The lesson in this particular advent passage is clear for me – coming before the Lord, even in my jealousy, anger and fear is a far better choice than impulsively acting on what I feel. Though the far more difficult choice, the Lord has power to redirect my troubling storms within for His far greater purposes. Lord, help me heed this troubling but very real warning from your word today!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh