17 “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
(Acts 3:17-19 NASB)
In verses 11 to 16 Peter tells the people that they had the promised Messiah, Jesus, put to death. But, he does not say this to condemn them, but to release them.
Peter publicly confesses that they did what they did out of ignorance, and not just them, their rulers also. It is significant he included their rulers because not only do they influence the nation, and rule over the nation, but they are also responsible for all that happens in the nation whether they had anything to do with what happens or not. So, the crucifixion of Jesus was done out of ignorance on every level in the nation. He goes on to call them to repentance, and to a life with Jesus.
But, everything that happened was fully inline with God’s plan and purpose for Jesus’ life. Nothing went amiss. Nothing was ignored. Nothing happened unexpectedly. Nothing went wrong.
I find great encouragement in this. We look at our own lives usually from our own level, and we can see all sorts of things going wrong. Things that happen are often unexpected. Things that happen are often unwanted, hurtful, discouraging, and so forth. But that is because we tend to look at things from our own level.
We need God to raise our sights so that we can see things from His level. Nothing that happens to us, or around us, escapes His attention. Nothing gets in the way of His plans. Everything that does happen God uses us to sharpen us, strengthen us, empower us, teach us, equip us, and so much more, so that we can become more and more like Him, and so that we can be Soldiers of the Kingdom that bring the Kingdom great glory and honour.
We are destined for greatness. GREATNESS. We cannot let our low and short sightedness become a stumbling block, we must instead see everything as God sees them, and then we will see problems as opportunities for greatness.