Having grown up in "main street" Christianity (A.K.A. orthodoxy), I have some insight into what "Main Street" teaches. Therefore, my views, thoughts and beliefs will most likely be at odds with the reader. My purpose of study is to seek the truth. If you wish to disagree with me, please do so based on the word of God. So, does God use evil for good? Yes, of course.
Main Street refuses to give credit where credit is due. Main Street wants to credit Satan for the evil in the world. This makes Main Street at odds with God Himself. This is of no surprise to me after having studied the origin of many pagan rituals and celebrations that have found their way into "main street" Christianity. Perhaps someday you too will come out of her.
What does God say about the matter? God says: "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil er: I the LORD do all these things." (Isa 45:7, KJV). Yes you read that correctly, God himself says that He creates evil. I would ask you to note that the Hebrew word for evil is er, (ra) pronounced rah. Dr. Strong's definition is: (bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral):-- adversity, affliction, bad, calamity...". Some translations render this Hebrew word as calamity. By looking at Strong's definition you would think the other translators would be correct in doing so. I, on the other hand would argue for consistentency.
Let us look at the first usage of evil in the book of Genesis. "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Gen 2-9, KJV). Did you notice that it is rendered in the KJV tree of knowledge of good and evil? It is not rendered good and calamity or good and sorrowful. There are times when the KJV translators use other English words. It is just not the KJV, most translations are not consistent. The New World Translation is one version that comes to mind.
Take a look at some of these actions and see if you think they are "evil" or not:
"...turn their heart to hate his people..."
"...turn their waters to blood, and kill their fish..."
"...scourging every son..."
"...send a strong delusion that they should believe a lie..."
"...made us to err from your ways..."
"...destroy...slay... man, woman, infant and suckling..."
"...raise up evil against thee..."
I would say those are examples of evil. Who is acting here and where are these examples from?
David says of God: "He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants." (Psalms 105:25, KJV)
He also said of God: "He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings." (Psalms 105: 28-30, KJV)
"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." (Heb 12:6, KJV)
"For whom the Lord is loving He is disciplining, yet He is scourging every son to whom He is assenting." (Heb 12:6, CLT)
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thes 2:10-12, KJV)
"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah." (1 Sam 15:2-4, KJV)
"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun." (2 Sam 12:11, KJV)
What is the point you ask? Yes God judges his creatures and yes God uses evil, he said so Himself. "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?" (Amos 3:6, KJV) Also: "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil." (Proverbs 16:4, KJV)
I encourage all readers to put these scriptures into context. My goal is not to mislead, but to enlighten. The question here is "who" is doing the action and is it "evil". The Lord (GOD) has stated He created evil. He even states that He made the "wicked" for the day of evil. We should not confuse the means with the end. God uses "evil" for good. Our God is a "righteous" God. God cannot sin! "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good..." (Gen 1:31, KJV)
Do not think I am saying evil is good and good is evil. "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20, KJV) My point is that God uses evil to carry out his will. Men also can be and act evil. Are their actions sinful? You bet they are. But do not be misguided. God uses evil for good purposes.
So tell me, why do the majority of religionists insist that God does not do or make evil? Why do they insist that He only “allows” evil to happen? Surprisingly those who claim to be sola scriptura are in fact not. They misread and misinterpret the very word of God. They listen to their teachers who tickle their ears and they follow the creeds, traditions and superstitions of men.
God's word is full of wisdom! Seek the truth! King Solomon said "I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: "It is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it." (Ec 1:13, CLT)
There you have it. God uses evil to humble mankind. Who can doubt His words?
Grace be with you all.