Does God "allow" evil in the world? No, He hates it!
Don't let ignorance rob you of your relationship with God. In the beginning, the Lord gave Adam and Eve free will and dominion over the earth. God is not responsible for the war, violence, and evil. Mankind is. Don't blame Him for what mankind chooses to do! Does God "allow" evil? He allows what you and I and every other human freely choose to do, but God never condones evil.
Don't blame God for the evil that happened to you. But if you do, the video contains a prayer to forgive Him. Job had to forgive God, not for what God did to him, but for what he thought God had done to him. (Job 42:5-6) God has so many blessings He longs to bring into your life but you must not blame Him for the evil but learn to trust Him, or trust Him again.
Video Table of Contents
- Trouble may be overwhelming. 5:17
- Three kinds of bad things. 11:24
- What we may experience when trouble strikes. 13:35
- God does not send evil into our lives. 16:22
- How to discern the hand of God from the hand of the devil. 29:09
- Three things you must know when trouble comes. 31:00
- How the devil snared Job--a classic case. 32:59
- Job's restoration. 39:40
- God always trumps evil. 42:30
- What to do when going through a trial. 44:06
- Some of the best advice ever. 55:00
- Prayer to forgive God (if you've been blaming Him) 58:47
We Will Have Trouble in This World.
God never promised us a life without trouble, but told us to “be of good cheer.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Trouble at Times May Be Overwhelming.
The Holy Spirit once said, “God tailors (adjusts, fits) the back to the burden, not the burden to the back.”
As we pray, He strengthens us to get through the trial.
Three Kinds of Bad Things Can Happen to Us.
Some are done to us by others: various kinds of abuse, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, foster homes, loved ones trapped in addiction, and (unexpected) divorce.
Sometimes things happen that we don’t understand: loved ones dying, cancer, violence and war, disease, accidents, unemployment, miscarriages, stillbirths, and the birth of premature or special needs children.
In Trouble, We May Experience…
A broken heart, broken dreams, and shattered expectations.
We may ask the “Why?” question, get confused, and pull back from God.
We may get angry and blame God, either openly or secretly. We may get negative, bitter, and depressed. We may become lukewarm and give up, quit trying, quit going to church, quit reading the Bible, quit fighting, and say, “I don’t care anymore.”
We may do foolish, hurtful, and stupid things to escape the pain through drugs, alcohol, sex, and risk-taking; or channel our frustration into busyness or career.
What is the result? Our faith in Christ may wither, and we may become lukewarm, depressed, broken, angry, isolated, perhaps addicted, with a defeated attitude and a victim’s mindset.
God Does Not Send Evil into Our Lives.
Evil came because Adam and Eve desired the knowledge of evil and gave the devil permission to operate on the earth. God had given them dominion and never took it back.
In John 10:10, Jesus taught us to discern the hand of God from the hand of the devil, “The thief does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
God does not send the devil to teach us lessons. That would be like you hiring the Mafia to teach your child a lesson. God is a better Father than that. He disciplines through the rebuke of His Word and the promptings of His Holy Spirit.
The devil causes tribulation to make us quit serving Jesus Christ. Matthew 13:20-21
We withstand evil through prayer, understanding, and putting on the armor of God.
Important Things to Know When Bad Stuff Happens
Bad doesn’t always come because we did something wrong!
Our typical reaction is, “What did I do wrong now?”
We’ve been trained by a performance-based culture. Do right, get right. Do bad, get bad.
The devil persecutes believers for what they are doing right.
Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
When the enemy can no longer get to us personally, he’ll try through our kids, family, work, and friends.
How the Devil Snared Job—a Classic Case.
It was a simple plan: Get Job to blame God for what the devil did.
The plan worked until God showed up and enlightened Job.
As soon as we begin questioning and/or blaming God, we have pulled back and are separated from Him, who is our strength and restorer.
The Restoration of Job
The Lord in His compassion opened Job’s eyes to see that he had been attacked by the devil, whom he knew little or nothing about.
The Lord could not restore Job until he quit blaming Him for evil and the consequences of the Fall.
When Job saw God’s heart was with him, not against him, he repented in sackcloth and ashes. Job 42:5-6
He wrote the book of Job so we would know about the devil and not make the same mistake he did by blaming God for evil.
God Always Trumps Evil.
The Lord is an expert at turning bad things around for good.
The Lord is “in control” even though He does not control everything that happens on earth or send evil.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
We see dramatic turnarounds in the lives of Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul.
As we go through trouble and stand against evil, God gives us a life-sustaining relationship with Him, plus wisdom, patient endurance, and faith tried in the fire.
What to Do During a Trial
God gives big rewards after the trial if you keep the faith during the trial.
God’s purposes for your life will be fulfilled despite the setbacks.
When you are surrounded by darkness, light a candle.
Sing, praise, pray, boast on God, read the Word, worship, and go to a church that will encourage you, inspire you, and build you up. Acts 16:24-25
Some of the Best Advice I Ever Received
When you go through life, you will experience trouble from time to time. But never blame God. He is not the one doing it to you, and He will be with you and strengthen you to go through it.
2 Timothy 4:17–18 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
Prayer to Forgive God
Father, I willingly lay down on Your Altar all the things I was expecting You to do that did not happen. I place there my broken heart, broken dreams, and shattered expectations. Although I don’t understand everything, I (your full Christian name) choose to give 100 per cent of my heart to You from this day forward. I will be Your servant and You will be my God, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Modified from the “Prayer for Restoration” by Joan Hunter in Healing the Whole Man Handbook.