In the previous King Manasseh, we see how God forbears long with the wicked. 2 Chron 33:1-20. We often wonder why God doesn’t punish the wicked immediately? In Manasseh we are reminded of 2 Pet 3:9. God gives space to repent, even the wicked woman Jezebel was granted space to repent, though she repented not. Rev 2:21. We often see the wicked living long on the earth and prospering. Psalm 37:1-2. God is not obligated to punish the wicked right away. He is gracious to all, including the wicked. Though we may object as the psalmist did in Psalm 37. We shouldn’t lose any sleep when the wicked do well Romans 9:22.
However, Amon is a reminder to us that God sometimes punishes the wicked right away. 2 Chron 33:21-24. He reigned for just two years, unlike his father who reigned for 55 years. Paul writing to Timothy reminds us that some men’s sins are dealt with on this side of the glory, while other men’s sins go with them to the judgment. 1 Timothy 5:24.
Because God deals differently in each instance, we should not put God in a box. This was the mistake of Job’s friends, who thought GOD always punishes the wicked right away. We should be thankful that God often delay His judgments, but not take this for granted that this will always be the case. Amon is a reminder to us that Gods judgments are sometimes swift.
Though man is a morally free agent, God will sovereignly use the wicked to bring about His purposes. We see Gods declaration to pharaoh, “for this purpose I have raised you up, to show my power in you.” Exodus 9:16, Rom 9:17. Pharaoh was not a willing participant in the display of God’s glory, he said to Moses, “who is the Lord that I should obey Him.” Exodus 5:2. The sovereignty of God is often wrongly taught in this passage. There are many who make it sound like God hardened the heart of pharaoh against his will. It is true that God hardened his heart, but the Bible also says pharaoh hardened his own heart. Its important that we look at these two texts together and gain the complete picture of what was actually going on. Exodus 9:12 NAS. Exodus 8:32.
As people we often live under the delusion that we are in control. After all we often make our choices according to our wants and desires, and we feel entirely free in doing so. Gods hand is often unseen and unnoticed. Yet in reality we are not as free as we think we are! God could call a halt to our lives at any moment if He chose.
It must be noted that even though God often uses the wicked in their wickedness to bring about His purposes, the wicked will be judged for their evil. God doesn’t approve of it, but He will use it for His glory. I think Pharoah is the greatest example in this case. When we see the golden thread of Gods sovereignty throughout scripture, it completely changes how we see and address evil in our own lives. Though we don’t understand why God permits certain things, it is comforting to know that somehow His glory is inter-woven through it all. Proverbs 3:5-6 May we learn to trust Him, though it would appear that He is slaying us! Job 13:15.