As people, we are bent toward evil– We are magnetized towards it, and it’s been like that in the beginning. Genesis 6:5 Before the total world flood, the direction and trend of men’s lives were only towards evil, and there was a significant extent of human wickedness. In Genesis 8:21b God says, “Man is bent towards evil from his earliest youth.” Despite this, God promised to never destroy the earth again after the flood. In Ecclesiastes 9:3 Solomon says, “The hearts of men are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live.” Jeremiah confirmed this in Jeremiah 17:9- “The heart of man is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, who can understand it?” In Colossians 1:21, the apostle Paul nails it when he says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight…..” In James 1:21, Jesus’s half-brother James tells us, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent.” And that was 2000 years ago! What about now in 2017?
The problem is this: people actually feel that they are overflowing with “good”. That they don’t deserve to go to hell. That they don’t have a bend towards evil. That they don’t need God and a way for salvation.
Evil is no surprise to God, for he is in control of all things on the planet earth!– Psalm 115:3 puts it this way, “Our God is in the heavens. He has done whatsoever he pleases.” In Daniel 4:35 we read, “He does according to his will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth, and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What are you doing?’” In the words of Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now, says God, that I…I am he and there is no God besides me. It is I who put to death and give life, there is no one who can deliver from my hand.” The words of Lamentations 3:37–38, “Is it not from the mouth of the most High that both good and ill come forth?” Or Proverbs 16:4, “The Lord has made all things for himself, yes even the wicked for the day of evil.” In 1st Samuel 2:6–8, “The Lord kills and makes alive. He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich. He brings low and lifts up.” And the words of Amos 3:6, “If there is a calamity in the city, will not the Lord have done it?”
Evil is no intrusion to God. Evil is no hindrance to God. Evil is no interruption to God. In his all-inclusive will, God has allowed it to exist and he triumphs over it in the end and all the way along the line. God controls everything, including all evil, all sin, and all trouble for his own purposes. God has willed it to exist so that he can achieve glory through triumphing over evil.
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