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verse 4: “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.”

I have 3 cross references to the above verse in my Bible; they are as follows:

Genesis 1:31 – “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”

Romans 9:22 – “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?”

The Holman concordance on Proverbs, page 97, has an interesting statement on this verse too: “Finally, verse 4 shows that God controls even the wicked person, using his evil actions to bring about divine purposes (Rom. 8:28).” By the way, Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

There is an old tale I remember hearing in a sermon, that relates how a poor, elderly Christian woman would wake up every morning, and go out to her front porch, praising God for all He had done for her. She would praise Him for even the meager things she had. Next door to her lived an atheist, who bitterly detested this daily activity of her praising God. One day, he set out to “teach her a lesson”; knowing she was poor, he went out very early and bought a couple of bags of groceries and set them on her front doorstep. He hid nearby her front porch. When she came out for her morning prayers, she was astonished at the unexpected groceries and thanked God for them. The atheist stood up from his hiding place and said “Ha! There is no God, old woman; I bought those groceries myself and set them on your porch!” A moment of silence passed…and the woman praised God in a loud voice saying, “Thank you Lord for these groceries! And you even got the devil to deliver them to me!!”

God is in control; never underestimate His power or His ways.

Have a blessed day!

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