In the last 2 months there have been many deaths. I do not remember another stretch of time when there were more deaths of younger people. Why has there been so much death and so much evil?
Shortly after my brother-in-law passed away, I found out that 2 of my friends lost their child to miscarriage in the last few weeks of pregnancy. A few weeks later other friends lost their grandparents.
There were several other young married people who lost their spouse at this around this same time. I have never seen so many unexpected deaths happen to young people in such a short period of time.
A few weeks ago the tragic story of Amanda Blackburn was shared. My heart breaks for her husband Davey as he is dealing with her death. On top of her murder, last week we found out that she was raped.
I am not going to lie, I am very ANGRY and would love to do some special torturous things to the barbarians that did this.
Back in the middle of November, ISIS attacked Paris and other cities, leaving hundreds dead and wounded. What we sometimes forget is that this could easily happen to us. Every life is important.
Every person who lost their life had a family, friends and others in their lives are now permanently affected by their deaths. Fathers, mothers, children and grandparents lost their lives.
This leads to a question that is often asked.
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
Many people have lost their faith due to asking this question and not getting a response.
My prayer is that after seeing what God says, that your faith would be strengthened and you would be equipped in what the Bible has to say about this subject.
Question for you: Is light the absence of darkness or is darkness the absence of light?
This was a question that was brought up in one of my classes in college.
The answer: darkness is the absence of light.
In application to our current question: evil is the absence of good.
Using this reasoning The very presence of evil implies that there is something/someone who is perfectly good.The very presence of evil implies that there is something/someone who is perfectly good. #Apologetics Click To Tweet
God – The Lord is Good!
Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
But why is there evil?
It starts in Genesis with the Adam and Eve.God gave Adam and Eve a choice to obey and they gave into temptation and disobeyed.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mene because all sinned.
It all began with a choice. God gives us a choice in life as well.
Some people say, “If God knew that man would make bad choices why would He not dictate and not give us a choice?”
As a father I love to hear my son tell me he loves me. Every night when we go to bed I say, “Love you buddy!” And he responds back in a way only a 2 year old can, “Lu you!”
I LOVE hearing those precious words from my little boy. Just warms my heart.
I also love giving him kisses and hugs! Sometimes we go back and forth giving big squeeze hugs.
My boy loves giving kisses as well. Every night I give him a kiss and put him to bed, and lately he has been calling me back to bed 1-3 times for extra kisses of which he has to give a few as well. Can I just say I love my little man!!!
But it would not be the same if I forced him to kiss me. (Sometimes I bribe him for extra kisses but that is not what I am talking about)
Why? That is not what love is. Love is not forced. Love is a choice.God desires our love and a relationship with US! Click To Tweet
But he will not force us to love him. Instead He gives us a choice. With this choice comes the ability to not choose God and to do the exact opposite.
Unfortunately many people choose the latter which is one reason why evil is growing rampant right now. Even knowing this, it is hard to put our minds around the evil happening around us and to us.
Why does Evil seem to Triumph?
There are so many stories in scripture that have to deal with this. But there are 2 men that I want to look at with you that has helped me when thinking through everything from the past few weeks and months.
The first is a guy named Habakkuk. Today I am focusing on the evil around us in this world.
He wrote a book by his name in the Old Testament. During his time, the wicked people were having success in life and doing whatever they wanted without any justice happening. Sound familiar!
Habakkuk 1:2-4 “O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.”
- The evil people were not getting their just punishment. Murder, stealing and so much more were happening and Habakkuk wanted to know why God was allowing these evil people to succeed.
- God’s response: That He was going to send a foreign nation in to punish the evildoers.
- But this perplexed Habakkuk: Why would the Holy God, use an evil people to punish the wicked?
- God then went on to share how he was going to destroy the evil nation and destroy evildoers.
- God showed to Habakkuk that He was already making plans that were far and above anything that Habakkuk could even think.
The result: Habakkuk started to think back about God’s faithfulness to his promises and His power over enemies. So he looked back at the story of Moses and how God delivered the children of Israel from enemies.
Habakkuk ends his book with praising God in the midst of such a great trial.
Habakkuk 3:17 “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. 19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”
Here is what we can learn and apply from the Habakkuk.
- God is in control
- Evil will be punished
- God will vindicate – be the judge
- God will be glorified in this
- Praise God
- We should find faithfulness and joy knowing what God will do.
Habakkuk gained faith by remembering what God has done and knowing God. So in light of that and this topic:
What are some of the great things that God has done for you?
How can we learn more about who God is? [x_subscribe form=”1069″]