In Zechariah 1:15 we read,

“But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they furthered the disaster.”

Israel had abandoned God, His teachings and His ways. As a result God allowed other nations to conquer Israel. He even allowed other nations to carry the inhabitants off into exile. In fact God allowed other nations to crush Israel.

Then, as this history played out, it is clear that this process got out of control. The nations that conquered Israel took the situation much further than they were justified in doing.

God allowed these nations to conquer Israel, but their free will allowed them to take it further than God had intended. With free will, even God sometimes cannot control the outcome. Because of free will, even for God there are unintended consequences of the events as they unfold.

There is a clear message for us in this passage. The first is not everything that happens to us is God’s will. However, in the long run, God’s will does come to pass. The second is, we should take care not to over step our bounds and authority even when we have been given victory in a situation or against an enemy.

So to work His will God sometimes allows certain events to take place. When He does, those involved still retain their free will. Sometimes this free will allows them to take things further than God had intended.

But no matter which side we stand on, Zechariah’s message is, God will make this right, for in the long run, He is still in control.
 

© 2011, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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One Response to God’s Unintended Consequences

  1. Louise Sumner says:

    Thanks for that.  It is interesting, but still confusing.  I know He has given us free will, but what about God's sovereignty?  Is He not sovereign in all things?

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