Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”
We cannot always or even often control events, but we can control how we respond to them.
When things happen which dismay or appall, we ought to look to God for his meaning, remembering that He is not taken by surprise nor can his purposes be thwarted in the end. What God looks for is those who will worship Him. Our look of inquiring trust glorifies Him.
One of the witnesses to the crucifixion was a military officer to whom the scene was surely not a novelty. He had seen plenty of criminals nailed up. But the response of this Man who hung there was of such an utterly different nature than that of the others that the centurion knew at once that He was innocent. His own response then, rather than one of despair that such a terrible injustice should take place, or of anger at God who might have prevented it, was praise (Luke 23:47).
This is our first responsibility: to glorify God.
In the face of life’s worst reversals and tragedies, the response of a faithful Christian is praise—not for the wrong itself certainly, but for who God is and for the ultimate assurance that there is a pattern being worked out for those who love Him.
A Lamp Unto My Feet