Evil Intents to Serve His Purpose
Another essay... but maybe I shouldn't call it such as essays are always boring... which this one might be... so I don't blame you if you skip reading this post..but if you do and it is interesting I would like to know. So here is some six paragraphs of words. Read it if you are so inclined and if not then....well don't. Just look at the photo which looks nice and then go away... And if you don't think the photo looks nice then go away too.
How does the bible teach the concept of evil intents serving God’s plan? All through the Bible we see the evil intents of man being used for the good of God’s children. Though God does not wish evil for us he can use people’s actions of evil for good. We see this in the lives of many biblical people, Joseph, Esther, Jesus and the early Church. Others intended evil for them but God made them all work to his glory.
Right from the start of the Bible in Genesis 50 we read the story of Joseph. We see how his brothers with evil intent, monetary gain for themselves and revenge, sell their step brother as a slave. This brought about Joseph being in a place where his gifts could be used by God. In verse twenty Joseph says to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Joseph saved his family, the Egyptians and very possibly many others from starvation, all because he was in the right place at the right time for God to use him.
Later, in Esther, the Jews were being ruled by the Persians. Haman intended that the Jews would be killed but God used the position of Queen Esther (A Jew) to revert the ill intention on to those who wanted to destroy the Jews. In chapter 9 verses 1-2 we read, “on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them. The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could stand against them, for the fear of them had fallen on all peoples.” Here God again used evil intent to help His people, the Jews.
Of course the biggest evil intent was Satan working in people for the killing of Jesus Christ. Satan may have thought he was destroying God and taking the world as his own. But as we know it is through Christ’s death we are saved. He didn’t stay dead either he came back to life and crushed the Serpents head. The biggest evil intent since the Garden of Eden turned into the biggest good unimaginable.
After the ascension the church was persecuted in an attempt to destroy it. Those evil intentions did the opposite though. As the Christians fled persecution they spread the gospel. Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God always had a plan for his people as he promised the Jews in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
God can turn any evilness of our fallen world to serve his Glory. Though people meant Joseph harm he won favour and saved many lives. Haman meant to kill his enemies, the Jews, instead they killed him and others like him. Jesus died and rose saving those of humankind who were predestined. Finally, instead of the gospel being destroyed it was spread throughout the world. God works for good in every situation, though at the time it can be hard to see, but He always turns things to best serve his purpose.