“Just because God isn’t delivering us immediately, doesn’t mean He won’t deliver us at all.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 10, 2022
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
With all the evil in the world, it may seem as if God is out of control. But in these times, we must remember the Lord is sovereign and the all-powerful, all-loving ruler of all of creation. We must also remember the events of the world are moving toward His desired end, and that He is using evil for His redemptive purposes.
There is nowhere we see God’s ability to use evil for good more than in the cross. In the days following Christ’s death and resurrection, without knowing the end of the story, it would have seemed Satan had won. Through influencing people to sin against God, Satan killed the King of Kings. But God used pure evil to create the greatest redemption story of pure love for all of mankind. And, (hallelujah!) this redemption came to all—not in spite of the cross—but because of the cross.
The Lord used evil to accomplish His loving plan.
When we look at God’s story of redemption, it started with the fall of man, and it ends with the redemption of man in the book of Revelation. Right now, we are in the “messy middle” of God’s redemption story. We are not what we will be. The earth is not what it will be and the reality of God in our lives is not what it will be. Now, we peer through a glass, darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12). But in the end, God will use evil to bring His plan of redemption to completion.
As you face dark days, and as you witness evil acts on the earth, if you grapple with wondering where God is in it all, remember that in the timeline of history we are moving toward God’s desired end exactly how He planned from the beginning, and that we are right in the “messy middle.”
Remembering God will make all things right in the end will steady you and help you reject the lies that just because God isn’t delivering us immediately, doesn’t mean He won’t deliver us at all. In fact, the tragedy of humanity is working together to bring about a glorious unveiling where the Lord will make Himself known to all and every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Somehow in ways we cannot understand, the whole of humanity is moving toward the redemption described in Revelation. And (good news!) when He makes all things new, He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more crying or sadness or pain, and no more evil, but God will have used evil for good to restore his creation, just like He used the evil that put Christ on the cross.
“The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these” (Isaiah 45:7).
Lord, how I praise you that you are working all things together for good, even the evil in the world. Nothing is out of control. You are amazing! I can’t wait until you make all things new. Amen.
Read Revelation Chapter 2, choose your favorite sentence of hope from it, write it on a notecard and carry it with you today.
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