Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, February 8

Proverbs 16:4 is an interesting passage.  Because God is holy, many feel that He cannot in any way be involved with evil.  I suppose that depends on what you mean by "Involvement."  If you mean God Himself committing evil, then I agree that God is holy and, as John says, "God is light and in Him there is no darkness." 

But Scripture is also clear that God allows not only for evil to act out its evil purpose, but that He overrules it to accomplish His higher and righteous plans.  Take Acts 2:23-24 for example.  Here we have God overruling men's evil acts to bring forth His righteous plan.  Judas is also chosen in the divine development of that plan (John 6:70).  It was not that God wanted him to do evil.  Rather, knowing his evil intent, God overruled and Judas became an instrument in God's plan.  This seems to be born out of Ephesians 1:11 and Romans 8:28

These evil people had choices. They were chosen and used by God not because God wanted them to do these things but because they wanted to do them.  In Exodus we see this principal also.  Pharaoh, who hardens his heart first, is then further hardened by God to ultimately bring forth God's miracles in delivering Israel.  

We see Proverbs 16:4 again in the life of Joseph, when the evil actions of his brothers were ultimately overruled and used for good.  Does this mean that in God's plan, evil becomes good because it serves a higher purpose?  No.  Evil remains evil.  The end never justifies the means.  We simply see that nothing - not even evil itself - can thwart God's righteous plans.  Praise the Lord!

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