For Good?

2 Chronicles 16:12-13Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet, For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.”

Often, we quote Romans 8:28 when we do not have any other explanation to give for situations and circumstances we do not understand.

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

But when we read of such things in 2 Chronicles, we find that the people God used to accomplish His will were not always His children. When I read this passage today, I remembered that all of the kings of Israel were evil – not one of them turned to the Lord and repented.

Zimri was evil. Omri who followed was even more evil. And his son Ahab had this testimony:

1 Kings 16:30And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.”

But why would God use someone so evil to accomplish His will?

Psalms 75:6-7For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Our God is Sovereign. Meaning He has any and all at His disposal. He used a donkey to talk to a wayward prophet. He used a snake to talk to Eve. He gave signs and wonders in abundance to reveal Himself to us.

He parted the Red Sea, the river Jordan and the Heavens to reveal His power. He caused water to flow from a rock, the head of an axe to swim and dry bones to come to life.

In the person of Jesus Christ, He raised the dead, healed the leper, caused the lame to walk, the deaf to hear and blind to see. He walked on water, calmed the storm, multiplied food to feed tens of thousands, cursed a tree to wither, and spoke such wisdom that no one could refute.

So, when it comes to something a bit closer to home, we depart from what we know and question God’s motives, His methods and try to figure out just how He should do it to make it palatable for us…

When we don’t understand, we shake a fist in frustration and ask, “Why?!”

The answer to that question may never come this side of glory.

Often, God doesn’t answer the why, but shows us the next step we should take. The good we think should happen often involves an element of selfishness. Shouldn’t we experience some ‘good’ as well as others?

There are some who today, coul testify of a deep wound, a hurtful situation unresolved or how we’ve been taken advantage. We try, but cannot find a reasonable explanation. It is here someone quotes Romans 8:28 and we have a choice. We can either get mad because we are already frustrated, or humble ourselves and submit ourselves to the mighty hand of God and His providence for my life.

He knows my beginning and my end and all the parts in the middle. He has seen it all. He has been with me through it all. So, for what I do not understand, my faith has to be exercised to trust that God will work it out for His good. I may very well be just an instrument of grace to show others how to trust when we do not understand.

I do not claim to know the mind of God – it would be foolish of me to say such a thing. I do know though, that His Holy Spirit can lead me to help others to take that next step in their life. And when it knocks at my door and I am called to trust – I will take that next step, no matter how hard it may seem; no matter how cloudy the future may look or how miserable I feel.

I will end with this:

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

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