Safe in His Hands
Recently I re-watched Oceans Eleven, the story of a casino robbery. The reason the robbery was successful was because the thieves knew the casino owner so well. They had spent time watching his every move. They had watched how he reacted under pressure. They knew what was important to him. By the time the robbery was in process, the thieves were able to maneuver the owner right where they wanted him to be, seeing what they wanted him to see. The owner thought he had a foolproof security system, but it was thwarted by the thieves' superior knowledge.
Likewise, God knows Satan. He knows his every move—how he reacts under pressure, what's important to him. God knows everything about him. God knew that Satan would orchestrate the death of his Son. So much so that God would prophesy about it in Isaiah 53, decades before it happened. It wasn't that God plotted to kill his own Son but rather that he gave Satan an opportunity.
In a similar manner, it is not the sun that causes darkness; rather, it is when the sun withdraws that there is darkness. Sometimes God withdraws his protection, and Satan has an opportunity. We see this in the book of Job when God withdraws his protection from Job.
We can live securely in the knowledge that God is never the initiator of evil. He sometimes withdraws his protection and allows evil but only if He can bring good from it. God is never surprised by Satan’s tactics, or by evil people.
It is a great comfort to know that God's plans cannot be thwarted by Satan. This is a truth Job learned through his trials, "I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted" (Job 42:2), and it is something on which we can rely.
We can rest in this knowledge and know that our lives are safe in His hands.
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