What? How can I say that? Because many people are doing just that—attributing the devil’s works to God, as if He is the One who is actually doing it or has done it. This is wrong.
So, what kinds of things do people attribute to God that are not His doing? And, as I always say, let’s go to God’s Word and find out what He has to say about this.
First of all, God is not a liar—He can’t lie even if He wanted to because every Word He speaks comes to pass.
Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
So, why do people attribute calamities and misfortunes to God, thinking that He has some redemptive purpose in their suffering? Not so. The devil is the one who is out to steal, kill, and destroy you and everything you have and love. But, Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly.
John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Whose report will you believe? Will you believe that Almighty God, the One Who actually is LOVE and truly loves us with an everlasting love, is the One Who causes hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, accidents, etc.? No, no, no!!!
God is not punishing us for anything, His judgment has not been unleashed yet, as long as the earth lease is still in effect. We are living in the dispensation of GRACE—God’s unmerited favor that He chooses to extend to us, His willingness to use His power on our behalf to cause us to be victorious in every area of life.
Remember, God is the One Who gave His all—the Lord Jesus—so that we could be forever with Him. This is not a God who would turn around and then cause calamities in our lives.
Yes, the world is out of control because of sin. The whole world is cursed because of sin. And that won’t change until Jesus comes back. But—
We, as born-again, Spirit-filled believers, are not under the curse. We’ve been redeemed from the curse of the Law and have been given a mandate from God to take dominion over the whole earth and bring it into submission to His plans and purposes. Granted, we have not totally succeeded in this yet but we’re on the right path.
Galatians 3:13-14 (KJV) 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith
Genesis 1:28 (KJV) 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Another thing I want to point out is that there is a big difference between what happened in the Old Testament and what occurred in the New Testament. Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the Law and all that it entailed. We are no longer under that Covenant but under a New Covenant, build upon better promises and ratified in the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus.
God is looking out for us in that He has already provided everything we’ll ever need to be successful and victorious on planet earth. Our part is to find out what we are to do and to do it. God’s Word doesn’t automatically come to pass in our lives without our participation. We have our part and God has His part. We can’t do His part and He won’t do our part. That’s the way it is.
So, if God’s Word doesn’t seem to be working in your life, you need to find out where you’re missing it and start doing your part. Then you will be able to say that you indeed see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!