Why does God let the bad guys win? Have you ever wondered that? I sure have. Surely God wants the good guys to win, right, and of course the good guys are me or those I am rooting for, but it does not always happen that way. Why?
Well we don’t always get to see what happens after the enemies win, but in the book of I Samuel in chapters 5 and 6 we do get a glimpse. You see the Philistines defeated God’s people and they end up capturing the Ark of the Covenant. It was the golden box that represented the presence of God. It was the worst of all possible outcomes of the enemy winning.
But behind the scenes God had a purpose and a plan. You see after knocking over and chopping the head of the Philistine God off, (A fish/man statute housed in a temple), and terrorizing three different cities of the Philistines by infecting the people with tumors, boils and death, the Philistines decide to return the ark. (You see the Ark made a tour of the Philistine cities much like a championship trophy makes a tour among the state or a racecar driver takes a victory lap.) In each place God demonstrated His power was greater than their God.
But ironically the very ones who so brazenly took the ark were giving it back, in fact they even sent a tribute to the God of the Israelites so he would not be mad at them and would take the Ark back.
That is what is so amazing about our God. He turns defeats into glorious victories. The cross, looked like an ugly defeat, the reality the greatest victory ever won. So what does that mean for you today?
Well the next time you have a defeat, just remember, it may be the start of an even bigger victory for you, if you will just trust, keep moving forward and keep believing. You can do it, it can happen.
1 Sammuel 6:20
20 And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, “Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?”