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.