Even though the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20), it has been repeatedly overruled by God and His providence to bring about His praise. Jehovah’s government of this universe is so perfect that He is able to use evil to serve His purposes. Thus, Asaph writes, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise you” (Psalm 76:10).
The Scriptures contain several vivid examples of the wrath of man bringing about God’s praise. Consider:
- The hatred, envy, and wrath of Joseph’s brothers when mixed with the alchemy of Jehovah’s sovereignty and providence brought about the salvation of Jacob’s entire family in Egypt (Genesis 50:19-20).
- The hatred, envy, and wrath of Haman when mixed with the alchemy of Queen Esther’s bravery and Jehovah’s sovereignty and providence turned sorrow to joy and mourning into a good day (Esther 9:22) as the Jews soundly defeated their enemies (Esther 9:5).
- The hatred, envy, and wrath of the chief priests and rulers of the Jews when mixed with the alchemy of Jehovah’s sovereignty and providence brought about God’s eternally purposed plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Clearly, the wrath of man is no match for the sovereignty and providence of God!