GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL
“The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear! even cry out to you about violence, and you will not save! Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me; and there are those that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is stacked, and judgment does never go forth; for the wicked do compass about the righteous, therefore wrong judgment proceeds! Behold you among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously, for I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told to you. For, listen, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.”
In verse 6 God tells Habakkuk HE is at work even though Habakkuk didn’t think so! God is not deaf, God is not blind or helpless. He tells Habakkuk and the Prophet gets even more confused and upset. God is going to use the Chaldeans as a chastisement to God’s own people Israel! God is responsible for sending them against Israel due to Israel’s sins!
THE DEVIL DID IT!
That is what many people would say today, the devil did it and God has nothing to do with all of this. The Covid-19, and the Protests and Riots and Murders and evil going on. God made it happen by using evil people. God does not sin but uses evil and evil people to accomplish His work which eventually be seen as absolutely the RIGHT thing and BEST thing to have been done whether we like it or not!
John Reisinger said, “blaming all of our difficulties on the devil is a backhanded way of strengthening our own self-righteous conceit: “We really must be super-spiritual Christians to be attacked so strongly by the devil!”
So, until we see the hand of God in everything taking place in life, we will fight both God and the very purpose for which He sends the problem.
A final word on this second principle of Providence: See Isaiah 10:5,6;
“O Assyrian the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is MINE Indignation. I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.”
God is sending the Assyrian against Israel as He did the Chaldeans.
John Reisinger also stated,”The most dangerous person to listen to at such times is the ‘sweet pious soul’ that says, “My God is too loving and kind to do anything like that.” I have heard others say God is a gentlemen and will never force Himself on anyone! The problem with those statements is “their God” would not act like that because “their God” came out of their own emotional imaginations and not from the word of God!