Dear friends, I trust that the Lord had been blessing and protecting you. We know that sin, war, Satan, disease are all evil and will be destroyed when the Lord returns (Revelation 20:14, 1 Corinthians 15:26). What we may not always comprehend is how God Almighty keeps us on our toes by Divinely using the resident or required evil like war, sin, disease etc., to advance His kingdom (Romans 8:20). Please be clear that I’m not a fascist and am not advocating war.
Let’s look at a painful chapter in the life of King David (2 Samuel 11). Why was it customary for Kings to go to war in spring? Obviously because it was warmer (we all know what the Russian winter did to Napoleon and Hitler), but also because it was their duty to expand their kingdoms. In King David’s case, it was a direct mandate from God Almighty to destroy God's enemies and sin (1 Chronicles 28:3). Unfortunately, King David lost his edge and forgot his purpose, i.e. he got lazy. Instead of being combat ready and being about God’s business of destroying sin, he got comfortable and useless. We all know what happened next. Are we instant in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2)?
Something as terrible as the turn of events in King David’s life did produce something beautiful. King Solomon, his son, was the wisest and most powerful man who lived at that time and built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem at the Lord’s command (1 Chronicles 28:6). How do we view the evil or misfortune that besets us? Does it empower us to overcome or does it dishearten us? Do we believe that in all things God is working for our good and conforming us to the Image of Christ (Romans 8:28)?
The Lord Jesus Christ was always in tune with the Holy Spirit and God’s will (John 4:34, John 6:38). He was driven by the inexorable power of the Holy Spirit in Him (Luke 4:1, Colossians 1:29). To follow the Master, we need to be like Him and have His priorities (Luke 9:62), sometimes even to the point of being callous and indifferent to the world (Matthew 8:22).
Have a good rest of week saints🙂. Peace in Christ.