Never Wicked

          If you haven’t ever read Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or if you haven’t read it in a long time, a good afternoon’s activity would be to curl up with a good translation and do so. Besides the intrigue and suspense, a very interesting feature is the writer’s inclusion of the three witches. These other-worldly creatures suggest that Macbeth will be the king. Even though they also tell him, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” (Act 1, Scene 1), that hint of becoming sovereign (along with a strong push from his scandalous wife) begins the course of events that will reveal the depths of the man’s true, depraved inner motives. Although all seemed to be coming about just the way the wicked sisters had said, the tables turn on Macbeth in the end. He interpreted their words one way, but there was another way to look at things that made certain his downfall.

        We never have to worry about this kind of thing happening to us when we hear God’s word or when we see Him move. There’s never any double-entendre and God is never wicked. Job 34:10-12 says, “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: far be it from God to do wickedness, and from the Almighty to commit iniquity. For He repays man according to his work, and makes man to find a reward according to his way. Surely God will never do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert justice” (NKJ).

        Never worry that God’s word has some kind of trick attached. And know that whatever He does is right and just. He does not say one thing and do another. He is never wicked.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on August 24, 2011.

One Response to “Never Wicked”

  1. It’s been decades since I’ve read “Macbeth,” but I remember how much I liked it. I also like having God’s Word compared to powerful literary images like you have done. Thank you—Jack Watts

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