Although the fig tree
shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour
of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the
flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in
the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of
my salvation—Hab. 3:17,18.
We see that God permits
evil in the world that the world may learn certain lessons of
bitter experience as to the natural rewards of evil-doing, but we
see also a ministry of evil in respect to the saints—in their
testing and polishing and refining; making them ready, and proving
them worthy, as overcomers, to inherit the wonderful things which
God has in reservation for the faithful.
Parallel passages: John 15:21; 16:20, 33; Acts 14:22; 20:23,
24; Rom. 8:18; 2.Cor. 4:17, 18; Psa. 103:9; 126:5, 6; Isa. 54:7, 8;
61:2, 3; Phil. 4:4; 1.Thes. 5:16; 1.Pet. 1:6; 4:13, 14;