who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I Who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc."
(Even those among us who set out to do evil,
even those who create weapons of evil,
whether of word of mouth or of literal weapon,
who determinedly forge plans to destroy and hurt,
still, even then, they remain under God's sovereign, absolute reign.
Nothing they plan or do is beyond the boundaries
in which the Lord allows them to function.
He is Lord over everything, even the hurt and death wreaked by evil.
Even evil itself yields always to the Lord's limits for it.
While the Lord allows us to exist in the world,
He allows evil to exist in the world
because, until we take on the righteousness of Christ,
we are subject to creating our own contributions of evil.
Yet, even in our worst embrace of our sin nature,
the Lord has complete dominion over His world and all that is in it, even us,
who are created by Him and always sustained by Him.
He has overcome the world and all that exists in it,
and He has chosen to make us His emissaries to His world,
to invite us into partnership with Him, and to help us choose Him over all else.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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