When Evil Prospers
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 29-32; Revelation 11
Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 29:17-21
Have you ever felt frustrated when evil people seem to prosper? The people of Judah who were sent into exile must have felt this way. They saw the Babylonians, a remarkably evil people, gaining momentum and becoming a world power despite their wicked ways. They attacked Judah and sent people into exile. They attacked Jerusalem and sent more people into exile. In today’s key passage, they were allowed to attack Egypt and turn that country into a desolate wasteland for 40 years. To God’s chosen people, this must have been frustrating and disheartening. What they did not understand was that God was using Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army to accomplish His goals. He knew they were evil, but He was still using them for His good purposes. Eventually, God would rightly judge the people of Babylon once they had fulfilled His purposes, and they would ultimately fall.
In today’s world, it is common to see evil prosper. It is common to see people who mock God and live without any regard for Him rising to power. Unlike Hollywood, sometimes in this life the “bad guy” wins the battle. Sometimes the guy with the black hat beats the guy in the white hat. When we see this happening around us, we may be tempted to feel frustrated or angry. We may even be tempted to question God and wonder why He is allowing this to happen. In those moments, though, we must remember that we are not able to see the whole picture. We might not be able to recognize when God is using an evil person to accomplish a bigger goal. We can rest in the knowledge that in the end, good will always triumph over bad. While a battle may be lost here and there, ultimately good will win the war. This was guaranteed when our Lord Jesus Christ defeated death at the cross. When we see evil prospering, we can rest in the goodness and sovereignty of God. We can rest in the knowledge that He is in control, and we can trust that He has a greater purpose in mind.
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Posted on September 6, 2012, in 26 - Ezekiel and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.