Our recognition of the reality of evil is critical to our comprehension of the context we exist within. As we see the reports of tragedy, there are some that ask why God would let this happen. There are some that would acknowledge Him as the only force at play in the world we live in.
He is sovereign and reigns. In His sovereignty, he has released us to choose. Humanity has, in large measure, chosen gods other than God. Ironically, the turn to Him is only when the perception is that He has failed.
He hasn’t failed. He simply allows us the choice of evil if we desire as that choice is the only way relationship with Him is valid. The purpose of evil is simple and absolute. It’s intent is to destroy.
Every day we are tempted with evil. It doesn’t have to be violent or repulsive; might be envy, it might be unforgiveness, it might be pride. When we take the bait and step into one of those traps, the scheme is intended to pull us further and further towards destruction. Our own destruction as well as the destruction of others.
Evil waits to devour, prowling and looking for opportunities to tighten its grip. Our sense of what is normal becomes increasingly distorted with each step into the jaws of the devourering enemy. With diminished appreciation for Truth as evil envelops us based on our own compromise, the destructions multiplies.
We grieve with those who grieve. We appreciate what we have. We thank God, the same God that some question as somehow responsible for the evil which opposes Him, for His Love and Grace which are eternal no matter the challenges we face in the temporal.
He has already won. Evil’s day is coming. The time to align with Him and stand in Victory over the lies that surface in the wake of tragedy is now. Eternity starts today even as the battle rages.