“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV
With the state of the world and all the happenings in it—from natural disasters to school shootings and global health emergencies—one common question is this: “If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?” You probably might have been asked this question before for one reason or another. Well, today’s devotional will attempt to answer it.
The first truth to settle in your heart is that God is absolutely good, and there is no evil in Him. Our anchor scripture reiterates this fact, stating that there is no shadow, no changing in God. He is, has been, and always will be good.
Also, know that every one of us has been given free will. God did this as a show of love because no one can claim to love another person and force such a person to love them back or do things without their consent. So, we have free will; the liberty to choose right or wrong.
Now, the results of our actions and choices, exercised by our free will, are largely ours. For example, if someone decides to break into a house and steal, that person exercised their free will, although negatively.
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the human heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” This simply means that the default nature of the unregenerate man is wickedness. This is why the ultimate solution to the world’s evil can only be a complete heart transplant through the acceptance of the gospel and God’s Holy Spirit. (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Hebrews 8:10)
Because of Jesus’ efficacious sacrifice, we are assured that one day, evil will be destroyed forever. When this earth passes away, there will be a new heaven and earth that will be void of pain, tears, sickness, and death. (Revelation 21:1-4)
Nevertheless, we know that God is not indifferent to our sufferings here on earth. He cares about us! We see this displayed in Jesus during His earthly ministry. The Bible records that the people’s sufferings moved Jesus with compassion, and he delivered many out of their troubles. Even today, He is still delivering people.
Listen, we might be in a world where things don’t always go smoothly, but as believers, we know that all of this is temporary. And while we enforce God’s will on this earth, our greatest hope is an eternity with God in a world free of all evil. Hallelujah!
Bible Reading Plan: Judges 13-15