When we last read of Tamar, we discovered that Judah has no intention of giving her his third son in marriage. Though she is innocent of any wrongdoing, Tamar seems abandoned to a life as a childless widow—a tragedy in that society—but does this mean that God has abandoned her as well?
Tamar will soon learn of Judah’s betrayal. When she does, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Some call her courageous; others urge condemnation. Either way, Tamar’s bold choices forever alter the trajectory of her life and paved the way for the coming Messiah.
God’s Eternal Purposes
God fashioned Tamar’s days for a purpose, which means that it was His will to include Tamar in the lineage of Christ. This does not mean that God wills the sin, suffering, and abandonment that Tamar encountered on the way, but because He is sovereign, everything in the end will conform to His perfect will. When we take a few moments to pause and reflect on this truth, we get our first glimpse into the overarching beauty of God’s plan as He weaves Tamar into His grand redemptive story.
Take a few moments to meditate on the fact that your heavenly Father will never abandon you. No matter what you may face, He fashions each one of your days with a purpose. How might your life be different if you began each day embracing this truth with eager expectation?
Copyright © 2021 by Shadia Hrichi. Published by Leafwood Publishers.
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