The Why???

If God is all-powerful and God is all-loving why do suffering and evil exist? This is one difficult question to fully comprehend. The real dilemma in comprehending this paradoxical question is how to reconcile the existence of evil and suffering with an omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient God. In short, my response is, the evil that exist does NOT eliminate God! In “The Problem of Pain,” C.S. Lewis explains his view point on suffering. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” The painful truth is that God is more interested in our holiness than in our happiness. He is more interested in our character than in our comfort. Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” The reality is God doesn’t conquer inspite of the dark mystery of evil rather, His love conquers through the cruelest evil, pain, and suffering!” Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” God is the source of love and His love is not weak nor feeble. It is backed up by His limitless power and might. Look at it this way; when we said ‘yes’ to Jesus we were freed from the penalty of sin (instant salvation). As our relationship continues to flourish and we become more like Christ, we are freed from the power of sin (deliverance) and the really good news is that upon Jesus second coming (Hallelujah) we will be freed from the presence of sin (the evil we see)! Yes, God is all-powerful and He is all-loving! His very nature as an omnipotent, omni-benevolent, and omniscient being demands that evil will be eternally conquered in the time in which He decides! Until then remember that God has already addressed the evil around us! He sent His only Son into the world to die for the world and to defeat evil. Evil was defeated officially at Christ’s first coming through His death and resurrection (Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 2:14, Ephesians 4:7-12). Therefore, despite the evil around us we have victory over evil and sufferings through our love, faith, and hope in Christ Jesus!


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#4GIVEN ministries is a devotional blog written to empower, encourage, and equip believers and unbelievers. We sincerely hope and pray that every reader and fellow blogger walks always with inspiration in their hearts and a fire in their belly after they read one of our inspiring devotionals. The mission is to make Christ known and to remind believers and unbelievers they are never too far gone for God to heal, deliver, and set free!
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