I was reading my Bible this morning in Jeremiah about the Babylonians sacking Jerusalem. As I was reading, a thought occurred to me. God used several nations at different times for the purpose of judging His people. All of these nations quite probably were acting, as far as they were concerned, of their own accord, and according to their own agenda. They would have had little regard for God or His plan. It wasn't as if they were trying to serve God - it was probably quite the opposite, if the thought of God crossed their mind at all. They had their minds on land or power or whatever. Yet in reality God was behind the scenes in control the entire time working His plan and His purpose for His people.
There is something incredibly encouraging about that thought. God doesn't forget His people. There is nothing happening that is outside the realm of His control and power. When things don't seem to make sense or it seems that this world's system and philosophies continue to flourish and gain privilege and gain ground, with little regard for God or the things of God or His plan, while God's people and God's values and God's agenda seem to be oppressed and suppressed and seem to lose privilege - God is in control. God is working His plan and His purpose and He hasn't forgotten His people. Our God is Sovereign - Our God is in control. Praise His name!