If God is in it, it is good.

This is my thought for today.

If God is in it, it is good.

This morning I read Joshua 21 as part of my devotions.  Verse 45 stands out.

Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

I’ve been thinking about how blessed the Canaanites were before the Israelites arrived.   When the twelve spies went up to see the land they found it to be overwhelmingly fruitful.   The crops were exceedingly good, the cities were well-built and walled, the people were numerous and large.   There were many indications that God (or gods in the Canaanites eyes) was blessing.   But why would God bless them when they were in such sin that God was about to destroy and kill them?

It would seem that at least part of the answer is that God was using them.  He was using them to prepare a great land for His chosen people.   The Israelites would abide in a land that was already cleared and planted; where houses were already built; where cities were already walled; where wild beasts had been driven out; where barns were full and pastures prepared.

God’s blessing on a wicked people might be construed by some as God being unjust, but viewing the situation in retrospect might allow one to see that God was simply using the wicked to prepare the way of blessing for the righteous.

Proverbs 10:3  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:6  In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

What implications might this thought have for our personal lives?  For the church?  For America?

Just food for thought.

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2 responses to “If God is in it, it is good.

  1. Alf Wilkes

    My Quiet Time the past several weeks has been in the book of Jeremiah. Here we see that God’s promises include both blessing and judgment. So often we focus on God keeping His promises in regard to blessings in our life. Judah was going to face judgment as God had promised but He had also promised that He would restore them (29:10 and 33:14).

  2. Amen to the restoration of Judah. Not so good for the ten norhern tribes of Israel. I wonder what the implications are for America. I’m prettey committed to the dispensationalist view, but I also think that the Old Testament shows us what God is like, his character. He has destroyed nations for less than what America is guilty of. Everyday I pray for mercy on America — that we don’t get what we deserve.

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