Saturday, May 23, 2009
Even Satan is under the feet of God
1 Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” (II Samuel 24:1) 1 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. (I Chronicles 21:1)
It is apparent contradictions in Scripture like this that frequently cause some to stumble. But, is this really a contradiction?
No, just as in the case of Job, God uses Satan to deliver His messages of displeasure and discipline. Does this make God evil? Of course not. It exalts God to the highest place in the universe. God is over all, and has authority over all, and God in His sublime estate, controls and uses for His own purposes, even the forces of darkness; such that we can say with the Apostle Paul: "For I know that all things work together for good, for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose."
In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.