Do All Things Serve God?

Do “all things serve God?”  Do all events, good or bad, serve His purpose?  I’m not so sure.

In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD.  He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.   — 2 Chronicles 28:22-23

King Ahaz of Judah decided to serve other gods – gods from a different nation, and not the one, true God.  The consequence of this sin was the downfall of God’s people.  Was that God’s purpose all along?  Of course not.

In a society that says “All things serve God”, I have to respectfully disagree.  That is not a scriptural tenet.  Some things, simply put, do not serve the one true God, and so they lead to downfall.  That is why it is so important to make right decisions.  We are not a wind-up toy simply doing good or evil at God’s behest.  Following God requires dedication, purpose, and tenacity.  King Ahaz did not follow this formula.  Some things serve God – and some serve Satan.  God will ultimately win the war – we know this – but sin and Satan must be defeated.  Precisely because they do not serve God.


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