When bad things happen to good people.
When it looks like the wicked are winning.
We read about the Great Deportation in 2 Kings. Nebuchadnezzar took all of the people of Jerusalem to Babylon.
God’s chosen people.
Satan had to think he was winning at this point.
Nebuchadnezzar stripped the Temple of the Lord of all of its treasures and put all of it in the temple of Babylon. The treasures Solomon had dedicated to God were now being used to honor and worship a wicked, pagan god.
Now Satan really had to think he was winning.
We know there were faithful believers in this crowd of Jews that went to Babylon – we just read about Daniel and his friends. We can safely assume these believers were praying and repenting all of the way.
But God’s plan had been put in motion a long time before this actually happened. We just read through many of the prophecies that predicted that this was going to happen. It was the consequence for Israel’s habit of repenting and then rebelling again. Over and over, generation after generation.
When it looks like the wicked are winning, the only thing I understand for sure is that God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts.
And my faith stands firm on God’s promises to us –
he loves us,
he wants the best for us,
and he is working it all out for our good.
God’s got this!