Yesterday, we talked about Henry VIII and how his life, as selfish and crazy as it was, gave birth to a church that has shared Jesus with millions. And today, if you’ll permit me, I’d like to continue using a lesson from history to demonstrate how sovereignly God works. Once King Henry VIII died, his only surviving son ascended the throne at just nine years of age, but he passed away six years later. Upon his death, his sister, Queen Mary (a.k.a. Bloody Mary) — who was the only surviving child of the king and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon — took the throne in 1553. Since the new queen was very much Catholic, she hated her Protestant father with a passion. She was determined to undo everything he started, so she went on a rampage to “cleanse” the nation of anyone who renounced her faith. Furthermore, knowing that she needed a male heir in order for her legacy to be sustained, she felt an urgency to have a child. After trying and miscarrying for many years, it looked as if she was finally pregnant, and her belly began to swell. However, in a strange twist of fate, what was growing in her stomach was not a baby at all, but a tumor — one that led to her death shortly thereafter. While for a season it appeared that her power would be limitless, the Lord brought it to an end swiftly and proved, once again, that He is a God of justice.
My friend, I know it’s discouraging when evil is gaining a foothold in the world and in your circumstances, but it’s wise to meditate on the truth that God makes everything right in the end. He will only allow injustice and deception to continue for so long before He steps in and changes the course of history — and your life. Jesus is unfailingly kind, and though He sometimes seems indifferent, He is always working behind the scenes to right wrongs, turn things around, and make His faithfulness known to whoever has eyes to see.