(Proverbs 16:4 KJV) The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Does this verse make you feel uncomfortable? Does it make you look for ways to get out from the implications? Do you look for exceptions? If it doesn’t, it should. This is one of the hardest things for human beings to accept: He is God. We are not. Everything is for His “purpose” (4617). Everything. It is not about your happiness. It is not about your personal goals or sense of fulfillment. Those things come. There are promises. God is faithful. All that is true but the basic reality that we have a hard time with is He is God. We are not. He does not exist for us to call on to fulfill our plans. We are His servants.
Why do we find people resisting the gospel? Why do we find people drifting away after they first respond to the love of the cross? Why do so many continue to go through the motions but never really get on board? It is this verse.
So? Remember that one day every knee shall bow. Now it is a choice. Now it involves entering the family of God. At judgment it will be forced. At judgement it will be too late. Live in submission. Live in victory.