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Just watch and see!

Pastor Kristi Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

616.696.9333

Have you ever wanted to ask God, “If you’re in control, why does evil so often win?” How can a just God ignore injustice?  Why does God allow the wicked to prosper? How can a good God use evil to accomplish his purposes?  

I was reading in the book of Habakkuk, a short book with only 3 chapters. He was one of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. He struggled to understand how God works (you know, in mysterious ways), but in the end he became convinced that he could trust God no matter how bleak or confusing the present circumstances appeared to be. We struggle with the same things still today, almost three thousand years later.  

Evil was on the rise—just as it appears to be in this hour! Corruption was rampant, unbelievable violence in the streets every night somewhere and even now there seems to be no justice or protection even for the law-abiding citizens.

Habakkuk cried out to the Lord, just as we are doing today—and the Lord answered! This is what God said in chapter 1:5: “Look at the nations and WATCH—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told!”  (NIV, emphasis mine).  

You will need to read this short book in the Bible to see how the events unfold, but you will discover that God is always at work, even when we don’t see it, He’s working.  God is in control even when it appears He is not. God uses people and nations, often without their knowledge, for His good purposes. At times the events seem evil, but the severity of God’s answer, like a surgeon’s scalpel, is working not to hurt but to heal.  

God does use evil to do good. But the reason He does is that He’s working to transform the tragic circumstances of a fallen world so that good ultimately prevails. It was evil that murdered Jesus on the cross, but it was by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge in order to accomplish His plan to save and reconcile a lost world unto himself. Then God raised Jesus from the dead freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him (Acts 2:23-24). God always wins! No matter what it looks like—God wins!

Maybe some of you have been praying for years for your circumstances or situation to change.  Know this, God is working even when you don’t see it. Wait for God’s answer. “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, WAIT FOR IT; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV, emphasis mine).  

Lastly, never lose hope. God wins! God ultimately always wins. It is impossible for God to fail!

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