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The Reality of Evil

From Steve’s Library 02/2011

Evil and sin are real, and at times in our lives it feels like they overwhelm everything else.

            But they don’t.

            God is bigger than evil and sin.  Evil will never get in the way of God’s plan for your life.  God is so big and so great that He makes evil cooperate and fold into His plan.  He is sovereign, but we are responsible for our choices and decisions.

            Here’s what we can say about almighty God.  He is in control, and His will is bigger than anyone’s.

            He is in control not only of everything but of everyone.  That includes anti-aircraft projectiles and men who pull the triggers.  It includes jealous brothers and the scheduling of slave caravans.  And it includes young wives hit by lightning on their honeymoons.

            That’s not easy to swallow.  We don’t see how that can be right.

            Some things are beyond our comprehension.  There are some reasons of God He has chosen not to reveal (Deut. 29:29).  And in the meantime, we can only stand with Job when he declares, “Even though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

            It’s easy to trust in a time of great favor and prosperity.

            It’s hard to trust in a time of shock and grief.

            But we are called to do both.

Steve Farrar

Steve Farrar was the author of many books, including the best-sellers Point Man, Finishing Strong, and Battle Ready: Be Strong and of Good Courage in These Troubled Times.

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