Did God Do That?
Have you ever heard someone blame God for evil? Just the other day I heard a Christian lady, distressed about the senseless murder of her friend by a suicidal man high on drugs, say, “I don’t know why God took him like that. He was such a good person.” My heart grieved. God took him?
Friend, God is good all the time. He does not commit murder. He does not destroy human life. God did not kill her friend. A crazy man, influenced by drugs and devils, did.
Now, if her friend was trusting in Jesus as his Savior, then he was a child of God. And the good news is that God’s born-again children never die. They have eternal life. Instead of murdering him, God was there to welcome him and usher him into Paradise. God is good.
“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:16-17)
The evil that is in this world is the result of sin and disobedience to God. And unfortunately, innocent people do suffer sometimes because of their lack of knowledge, the harmful choices of others, and the evil influences Satan has upon society. This is sad, but this is the consequence of living in a world where men, who are free to obey or not to obey God, often choose the path of disobedience.
This was what happened in the case of Joseph. He was betrayed by his own brothers, sold as a slave and imprisoned falsely for a crime he did not commit. But in all that Joseph went through, he did not blame God. He knew that God was not the source of evil. He continued to submit to and place His trust in the goodness of God. And though times were tough and his suffering lasted a long time, God was with him through it all. In the end, God turned it around and richly rewarded Joseph’s faith.
So what should we do when we are confronted with evil and suffering? Let’s not err and blame God. Instead, let’s give thanks to Him for being the good God He is. Let’s acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from our loving Heavenly Father. Then let’s choose to submit to Him because He is good and resist the devil because he is evil. And let’s be confident that ultimately good will triumph over evil!