God used Babylon

“You (Babylon) are my war club, my weapon for battle – with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms…” Jeremiah 51:20.

“The Lord will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din.” Jeremiah 51:55.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 50-51, and 3 John.

Same chapter.  Same country.

The bottom line is that God is in charge.

God has no limitations.  He can build.  He can destroy.

We struggle when we try to figure out God on our terms.  “Why did He do that?”  “Why didn’t He do is this way?”

We hardly know any details for the things going on around us.  That limitation only increases as we analyze the doings of leaders and countries.

How can we assess what God does?  We are the lump of clay.  He is the potter.  He does what He wants to do.

For the believer there is the consolation that what happens is for our good.  Maybe that “good” happens now, maybe in the after-life.

Our task is to be certain that we are doing what He wants.  If we’re doing our own thing we lose our comfort in what our future holds.

There is evil in this world.  I think of something like ISIS.  Why does God allow them to exist?  But then I think of Babylon and the first of today’s chosen verses.  God used evil Babylon to carry out His wishes.  Babylon was used to punish back-sliding Jerusalem/Judah.

But later it was Babylon’s turn to be punished.  So evil will get what it deserves sooner or later.

My task is to love the God of the Gospel and live accordingly.  The world is in His hands.

My life should be a continuous attempt to use the skills He’s given me to prepare this world for the Messiah’s return.

“Forgive me for questioning You.  I know little.  You are indeed in charge.  Enable me to trust You completely.  To strive to please You in everything I do.  Guard my thoughts.  I surrender to You.”

Evil exists yet it is ultimately under God’s control.


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