Habakkuk 1:5-11; Romans 8:28; James 1:13; Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:31
God Sometimes Uses the Wicked for Good
Genesis 37:1, 50:19-21
7-25-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- When we don't understand what God is doing or why, His ways can seem perplexing. The times when ungodly people seem to triumph over the righteous make us scratch our heads and wonder why the Lord doesn't intervene. But the truth is, He often uses the wicked to accomplish His purpose. [Note: Like the 2020 USA presidential election?--Ed.]
Joseph faced one wicked individual after another during his life and exile. His brothers shipped him off to Egypt. His boss's wife accused him of atrocity. And even those he helped, like Pharaoh's cup bearer, forgot about him (Gen. 40:23). At this point the actions (or seeming inactions) of God make little sense to us. However, once we learn of Joseph's complete life; we realize that everyone who harmed or neglected him contributed to God's plan. The Lord allowed the young Hebrew to be humbled then unexpectedly exalted to power at the right moment to save his family [and the known world] from famine -- who were the Messiah's human ancestors.
In our circumstances, we can see God's actions only from the limited vantage point of our humanness. We experience the events He has allowed, but can't discern what He's planning. Often the Lord's goals and purposes are hidden from us until His plans come to fruition.
God is sovereign over all the earth. We may wonder at the strange or even terrifying turns our lives take, but we can be certain that He is in control and at work.
The wicked may triumph for a season, but the final, eternal victory belongs to Christ and His righteous born again [John 3:3, 7] followers. Source
Also: Perfect example of this is Jesus’ crucifixion: the murder of Christ was an evil act, but through it God redeemed His elect and “disarmed the [demonic] powers and authorities” (Colossians 2:15). In Habakkuk’s day, God’s purpose was to bring judgment on Judah for their idolatry. Babylon was the instrument of His judgment (cf. Isaiah 10:5). [Is the USA being judged? Habbakkuk 1:5-11 -- Ed.]
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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