Every day we need to have encouragement for what God is doing during these last days of time. The world is so bad, so evil, so angry, so apathetic, so unreasonable, so false, so greedy, so painful, so ridiculous, so corrupt, so deceived … so troubled. It is so very hard to stay focused and encouraged, but we need to take comfort in what God is doing.
READ: 2 Timothy 1:9 – God has known you since before the world began. He knew what generation you would be born in, why He needs you in this time and dispensation, and where He has called you. He saved you; He called you.
Neither the saving nor the calling was based on our works. The saving was based on the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the calling was based on the fact that God placed us into Christ (Ephesians 2:10) when we received Him (John 1:12-13). See also Ephesians 1:4.
His purpose was to adopt individuals (Ephesians 1:5) as sons which He had NOT done for 4,000 years (Genesis 1 – Acts 2), and His grace was to give the undeserving sinner a chance to get to Heaven by accepting a free gift (Romans 6:23).
READ: Hebrews 4:3 – He knew what He was going to do with this world, and His works also included YOU.
There are many evil groups in the world today, but God is using those people to accomplish His will.
READ: Isaiah 10:5 – the Assyrians were the rod of God’s anger. God used those evil people to accomplish a work in the hearts of the Israelites, because of sin.
READ: Isaiah 14:25 – He would then break the Assyrian. Vengeance is His, and He never lets anyone get away with anything.
READ: Jeremiah 27:6 – Nebuchadnezzar was God’s servant. Look how evil that man was, but God used him for a purpose (see also Ezekiel 30:24-25).
A letter was received from a missionary who said that he could have worked for years and years in the place he was sent, and would have maybe seen one convert during that time. But, when some evil groups had risen up in the local area, only then did scores of Muslims come to faith in Christ.
God uses evil groups to accomplish the purpose He has in mind, which is only for good (Romans 8:28), and for coming against evil.
READ: Romans 13:1 – there is so much corruption in governments and political circles, but God uses even our leaders to accomplish His purpose. So how should the Christian respond to authority?
- A Christian should do what the government tells him to do.
- When it comes to questionable areas, a Christian should try to go along with the government as far as they can without compromising truth or right (Luke 20:22–24). The tribute money had been made by Rome and was required by Rome for payment. If Rome made it, then Rome could have it back.
- But if the government commands the Christian to do something contrary to the expressed will of God as revealed in the Scriptures, then the rule is given by Peter in Acts 5:29. That is such a common sense statement that the first time Peter brings up the subject he leaves it up to the judgment of a bunch of unsaved, self-righteous men to come to the same conclusion (Acts 4:19-20).
READ: Psalms 110:1 and Luke 20:42-43 – let us remember that at some point, the enemies will be under the feet of Jesus (see Isaiah 14:25). In God’s timing for His purpose, one day ALL evil forces will be under His feet!
It will be good then, and it is even good now. Why? Because everything that is happening today in this dark world is God’s will for it to all happen this way.
And don’t forget, His holy calling is on YOUR life to live right now in this generation, exactly for what He has called you to do.
READ: Psalms 95:8-11 and Hebrews 3:16-19 – the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief.
But WE believe God when He says that these things that are happening in the world today are in His control, and He has shown them to us in His word. We can rest in this.
We must NOT stop praying and serving the Lord; putting our best effort into it. But we can rest KNOWING that God has it all under control. One day, we will know as He knows, but until then, let us thank Him now by faith.
He is using YOU right where you are, right now.