“I form light and create darkness, I make success and create disaster; I, Yahweh, do all these things.”
We will read a scripture like the one above, say “amen” and go right back to fighting with our neighbor completely missing the implications of this verse. Namely, that God is sovereign and completely in control of all things good and bad, not men.
God is not a weak and passive bystander, affected by the occurrences of the universe as men are. He is God, the cause and the end of all things. The sooner we learn to rightly see God, we will also rightly see men.
But how does a right view of God lead to a right view of men?
When we do not see God as sovereign over all things, we are inclined to both blame and praise men for work that God claims responsibility for Himself. Ephesians 5:17 tells us “Don’t be foolish, understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The outworking of your life, good and bad, does not ultimately result from the will of men, but the will of God. This is why Moses told the children of Israel that they grumbled not against men, but against God. We praise God for our joys and blame men for our miseries, not realizing that the same God who is Lord of one is Lord of all. It’s an atheistic tendency to see our lives as the result of the work of men rather than God. We even hold grudges against men for years over situations the Lord himself has wrought in our lives for our good and for his glory, because we only see the work of men and refuse to acknowledge the work of God. Joseph, when violated by his brothers, was able to look at them and say, “What you meant for my harm God meant for my good.”
It was a right view of God’s sovereignty that allowed Joseph to be at peace with men who harmed him. But here’s the good news: the very trouble that a sovereign God creates in our lives, the same God is in control over it to bring about His good purpose from it.
Consider the “disaster” in your life. Stop fighting with mere men over what God has done. Recognize the people, even the enemies the Lord uses to accomplish His work in your life, for what they are— instruments. Then turn to the source of it all which is the Lord Himself. Seek the Lord in your trouble, recognizing that if God has done it, He has also promised to work good from the same.
Remember the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”