The story of Judah and his Daughter- in-law is a great demonstration of God’s ways not being our ways. If I were planning the lineage of the Savior of the world, I probably would not have used a one night stand between a father and his son’s widow to start things off. In Romans 8, Paul tells us that all things work together for Good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. It seems, however, that time and again his strategies are totally different than ours. If we can truly grasp that—we are released from the fear that God will not complete his purpose in our lives. His purpose will rarely look like we would have laid it out, but, it will always have his prints on it and he will be glorified when we submit and follow. We have to walk by faith in the light he has given and be content to allow him to work out what is left. God can use practically any circumstance in our lives to show his greatness—simply allow him to do so.
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24 About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” 25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.” 26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez. 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.
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11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.