Don’t mistake God’s hand as your capacity to spin things or make lemonade out of lemons. Praise God for his blessings which look like silver linings or the thing that made you stronger when it didn’t kill you. He is there in the darkest hour preparing the sunrise.
16 In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.
7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.”
18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord.
22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’
Ezekiel 38:16, 7-12, 18, 22-23
When God restored Israel to safety and security and unity back in their land after the great exile to Babylon, it was only a matter of time before another nation would consider them to be easy pickin’s for an invasion. From the north, Gog would be on that list, and God knew it. He could see into the future chomping at the bit to invade and plunder.|
Be careful if you have that mindset to exploit the weak or take advantage of the vulnerable. Don’t have a Gog mentality… God sees you coming, miles away, and will be glad to use you as an example to make his name known and to show his greatness and holiness.
You might ask, well, why wouldn’t God stop them before they take their evil action? Why wouldn’t God stop the abuser or the swindler or the dictator? Can’t he demonstrate his greatness through prevention? Where is God when these terrible things happen? He should have taken the bullet for us if he is so great. That’s what a hero would do…
I cannot give a heavenly answer to a human question, for I am also human. The ways of God are often further into the sky than my mind reaches.
Here’s what I know. We will take the credit for our strength and our wellness and our achievements. God only gets credit from a fallen world when he parts the Red Sea and sends a small Gideon-led army into a certain defeat where God saves the day. He could prevent the slavery in Egypt or send the foreign army running away instead, yet he doesn’t. There is a battle. There are casualties. And even then, most people do not give God credit.
We would do well to look for the hand of God in all things. We might recognize if we focus that God does make good come of bad for those who love him and are called to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
Don’t mistake God’s hand as your capacity to spin things or make lemonade out of lemons. Praise God for his blessings which look like silver linings or the thing that made you stronger when it didn’t kill you…