Everyone works for God, but not all work for the glory and honor of God!
Our third principle found in scripture is when working out HIS (GOD’s) own plans, God uses Everyone, even the devil himself. That may be shocking to you if you have never heard this or thought about it. But even the Devil serves God’s purposes!! Of course, the devil has never done one thing out of love or obedience to God willingly. He works to undermine God and God’s people all the time. He has never done one thing to bring Glory to God! He hates God, He hates God’s creation and human beings and he seeks to frustrate the purposes of God. But in the end, all he does will further the purposes of God!
Notice: ISAIAH 10: 7-11
“But this is not what he (the Assyrian) intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. Are not my commanders all kings! he says. ……As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria; shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and her idols.”
We see here the Assyrian kingdom did not have God in mind at all. All they thought about was gaining power and control and destroying other nations. But behind the scenes, God is the ONE directing the entire situation.
The sovereign and Almighty God directs the Assyrians MIND in order to accomplish HIS own purpose of judgment upon Israel. So much for the false idea that God never forces himself on anyone!! you have to be kidding!! All throughout scripture God is always interfering with people’s minds and acts!
He is the ONE who does the very FIRST work in our heart to bring us to Christ!! WE don’t! He is the FIRST CAUSE OF ALL THINGS EXCEPT HE DID NOT PRODUCE SIN, SATAN DID THAT AND IT WAS FOR GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE AND PLAN TO BRING GLORY AND HONOR TO HIS NAME!
MAN’S WRATH GLORIFIES GOD!
PSALMS 76:10 – ‘…SURELY THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE YOU(GOD)!”……”AND YOU RESTRAINETH THE RESIDUE THEREOF.”
GOD IS SAYING MAN IS FILLED WITH WRATH AGAINST GOD AND HIS AUTHORITY AND GOD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR WRATH OR ACTIONS EXPRESSED IN THEIR WRATH. The point about the “residue thereof, is that God does not see fit to use all of man’s wrath all of the time for His purposes, but HE chooses when to do so in every situation He so desires.” Having said that, all the Devil will do will ultimately show forth God’s glory and sovereignty and power. Nothing the Devil does will ever be acceptable or of value in the strictist since it was sin and rebellion motivated.
“Man’s ‘free will’ is 100 percent responsible for both every ounce of wrath and sin in man’s heart and for every act produced by that wrath and sin. Nevertheless, God totally controls and directs the man’s heart. All of man’s wrath that will further God’s purposes is allowed to surface and is used and controlled by God towards His own ends.” (Quote from John Reisinger)
Remember: Joseph’s brothers did their deeds out of hatred, but God meant it for Good. God had ordained it to happen for Good ultimately. The Assyrian and the Chaldean nations were motivated by lust for power and control and property, but God in in charge of their every work and endeavor to bring about God’s purpose!
Also, the Cross of Christ and His suffering was carried out by evil and wicked men, but the fact is God wanted Christ on the Cross as HIS Lamb to pay the penalty for our Sins and atone for them, and set us from so we could have eternal everlasting Life and be in the Body of Christ as His bride and a member of the Forever family of God.
FURTHER STUDY ON PROVIDENCE:
Some further study on this subject one could consider are things such as:
God punishes the very people He uses to accomplish His purposes! Or, how God uses men like David and his pride and Satan’s hatred to accomplish God’s own purposes. Satan’s hand as the agent who brings the evil, but we must also see God’s hand as the Sovereign MOVER and CONTROLLER. God can and will use Satan often to bring things upon mankind, but it is God who sent them! In closing one should also study how that All affliction is not chastisement from God due to a person personally sinning! Job is a case in point.
So lots of things need to be studied rather than just thinking evil and trouble is ONLY from Satan alone, it isn’t! However, there would be no evil and trouble if Satan had not sinned and left his first estate of being and dragging with him 1/3 of the Angels in heaven. But, having said that, God was not taken by surprise, and HE purposed that it be as it was, yet God was without sin, and did not sin, and will never sin, but always Uses Sin for His purposes and turns things around for His glory and honor! He is in control of all things or they would NEVER happen and have any power to function for Christ controls our very abilities to live and breath and function but not only us, but also all of His creation, Satan included and the fallen angels. Big study but one worth while!