This world is corrupt.
1. Satan – not God – is evil, and is behind evil deeds. Satan is all about death, but God is all about life.
1 John 3:12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
Eph 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Luke 13:16 “And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”
John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
1 Pet 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Ezek 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God.
1 John 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
2. God allows people to choose between Him and evil. He does not force us to choose Him.
After reading in #1 above that Satan, not God, is behind all evil, perhaps you thought, “But isn’t God powerful enough to stop evil acts?” God is indeed powerful enough to stop anything, but He operates under certain laws, which He Himself established, that give humans the choice either to submit to Him and obey His commandments, or reject Him and do evil. God created us to love Him and have a relationship with Him. The relationship would not mean anything if we were controlled by God like puppets. So God has given people the freedom to make choices (Our Freewill)—and to reap the rewards or suffer the consequences of those choices.
Prov 1:29-33 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD. 30 “They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof. 31 “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices. 32 “For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33 “But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”
2 Thes 2:10 because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Jer 2:17 “Have you not done this to yourself By your forsaking the Lord your God When He led you in the way?
Sometimes we suffer, not because of our choices, but because of others’ evil choices. God will not always protect innocent people from evil people, although He does respond to prayer. Notice the people around you. Are they of Good Spirit or of bad spirit?
3. God brings good from the bad
God promises to bring good out of all things, which would include evil deeds, for those who love Him and entrust their lives to Him:
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
This does not mean that, if we entrust our lives to God, we will never suffer as a result of evil in the world. In fact, Jesus told His followers that they would certainly suffer, but that He Himself would give them the inner peace to have courage and joy in the midst of the suffering:
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
The verse that comes right after Romans 8:28 indicates that God uses circumstances to make His children more like Christ (conformed to His image), whose spirit lives within them:
Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.
Take a moment and dig deeper into the Bible and search out the truths about our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the way, truth, and the Life…for all those that believe! He does not cause babies to die, or horrific accidents to happen. That is the curse of being in this world. Watch out! Satan does not want you to experience the great joy, power, and life that you can have by following Christ. He wants to deceive you into rejecting Christ:
2 Cor 4:3,4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
One of Satan’s tactics is to deceive us into thinking God is unfair. Satan did it to Eve—deceived her into believing that God was unfair for prohibiting them from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Was God unfair about the tree? No! He made the rule for their good. But Satan was able to convince Eve, so she and Adam rebelled against God, seeking to be independent of Him, instead of submitting to Him:
2 Cor 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
4. If you seek to know God and His ways, He will reveal truth to you.
It’s okay to question why bad things happen in the world–or to us. But instead of rebelling against God when we don’t understand His ways, we should humbly ask Him to show us the truth. He promises to reveal Himself to those who seek Him:
1 Chr 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
Psa 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
Jer 29:13 ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jer 33:3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
God is for you. He is not against you.
“Just because God allows bad things to happen does not mean it is His will.
The Word of God is clear that it is God’s will for all to be saved. However, God has by His choice limited Himself and given man the freedom of choice. God allows things to happen and unfold, and consequences of those events and decisions can lead to bad things happening.
However, because of the goodness of God He can take the worst of
circumstances and help to turn them for good. “And we know that all things
work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) God will work in the middle of the
worst of situations if we will let Him. You may not be able to see how it is
working for good or you may not feel like things are working for good or you
may not understand how it is working for good, but you can be assured and put
your trust in the Lord. He will work it for good.”
Deu 32:4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
Psa 71:19 For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
Psa 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
Psa 145:8,9 The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 9 The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.
Psa 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.
Lam 3:22,23 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassion’s never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
Psa 103:13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Isa 30:18 Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
Blessing upon blessings to you!
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