God’s Wisdom and Sovereignty
Does evil in yourself and in the world overwhelm you? Scripture shows us that sin can never thwart God’s wisdom. He even uses sin for His glory.
So the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. I Kings 2:46b
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22:61-62
Human history is filled with foolishness and wickedness, but God rules over all and uses even the wrath of man to praise Him (Psalm 76:10).
Adonijah was yet another spoiled son of David. Adonijah like his brother Absalom attempted to grasp the throne his elderly father had promised to Solomon. Joab and Abiathar, David’s commander and the high priest, supported Adonijah. David acted quickly and successfully to set up Solomon as the new king. Solomon suspended the execution of Adonijah putting him on probation instead. However, it wasn’t long before Adonijah made his move. He asked permission to marry Abishag, the beautiful Shunnamite woman who had cared for David on his death bed. Solomon saw where Adonijah was going with that request. The young king applied the death sentence to his devious brother immediately.
Adonijah’s death led to Joab’s. Within three years, Solomon had cause to execute Shimei for his violation of probation. What was the result of all this? The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. God used the evil of people to bring about His purpose for the kingdom.
In another instance centuries later, Peter’s denial removed the potential obstacle of armed resistance by the disciples to the crucifixion of Christ. Christ’s death had to occur to obtain the salvation for all God’s elect people. On a personal level, Peter’s notorious failure taught him how great his need for mercy and salvation was. Peter had boasted of his commitment and determination a few hours earlier (Luke 22:33). But he had to learn the depth of his sin and the greater depth of God’s grace toward him. God again used evil to bring about His good purposes both for Peter and for all His chosen people.
Think about it
Do you despair when confronted by evil in yourself and in the world? Remember that God is wise and sovereign. He will do all that He decrees. He will be glorified even in the evil that goes on day in and day out. His kingdom is far greater than Solomon’s and it will be established forever.