Why would Herod, a powerful king, be intimidated by a two-year-old? Why would he put the face of a two-year-old on wanted posters? Why would Herod issue the command for all male children two and under to be killed? Herod knew that Jesus was no older than two and he was not threatened by him. It was who Jesus would become that made him nervous. It was His purpose that threatened him. It was the potential on the inside of Him that scared Herod. It was the king in Jesus that made him fear for his position. These things would cause Herod to harass the Wise Men. The light inside Jesus was a threat to his kingdom. Herod was intimidated by the cradle.
Moses was not a threat as an infant when he was sent down the Nile River. What was the fear factor for the mighty Pharaoh in killing all the male Hebrew babies? Why was he intimidated? It was because God would raise up Moses to anoint and use him as the voice of His deliverance to the nation of Israel. Pharaoh sought to wipe out the purpose and potential of Moses, but his attempt to destroy him early was unsuccessful. God put Moses in the house of Pharaoh and raised him on his dollar. Then He used Moses as the man who would strip Pharaoh of his power. Pharaoh was intimidated by the cradle.
Joseph was a 17-year-old teenager who was battling hormones and acne. Why the intimidation? Why the rejection? Why the pit? Why the prison? It was his dream that was intimidating. It was his coat of colors that was intimidating.
The attacks against you that came early in your life, the pain and the hurt that filled your young heart, the attack on your identity and your self-esteem, the rejection, the abandonment and the traps were all well-baited to lure out your vulnerabilities. It was the enemy recognizing the greatness on the inside of you. The assignment and purpose on your life intimidated the enemy. He had to try to stop you before you got started. Things happened to you that left you wondering, “Why did I go through that? Why did that happen to me?” You couldn’t see ‘the why’ because ‘the why’ hadn’t happened yet.
The why occurred because God put a coat on you. The why happened because God assigned you to change the world. The why transpired because you were destined to be God’s voice to the nations.
If you can move past the whys and push through the hurt, the enemy will regret he ever tried to stop you. His hindrances only made you stronger, more appreciative and grateful for where you are and what God has done in your life. The Scriptures say that if Jesus’ persecutors had known who He really was, they would have never crucified Him. If they had known that His cross would become His crown, His stripes man’s healing and His blood man’s redemption, they never would have killed Him.
If the enemy had known that what he put you through would only make you tougher, he would have let you be. If he had realized that the trauma he caused in your life would push you to a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus, he wouldn’t have messed with you in the first place. If he had foreseen that the crushing of the olives in your life would only produce a stronger anointing, he would have left you alone. If they enemy had guessed that the hurt would equip you with weapons to be used against him, he would have never interfered. Make the devil regret he ever messed with you. Don’t get stuck in the whys, become the why.