Why Is There Evil If God Is Good?
The Ways of this World” – Part 4
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-6
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:6
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
For us believers, the battle we fight every day is the “cravings of the sinful nature.” Before Christ, we simply did our best to gratify the cravings of our flesh. If it was sinful or illegal, our only concern was getting caught. But Christ made all the difference in our lives and with His help we now live for Him, not our cravings. It is still possible to fall short and make a poor choice. We are weak and need God’s continued help. When we fail, we ask God to forgive us, trusting His Fatherly love. We remember that it is by “grace that we are saved” (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is that favor of God that we enjoy but do not earn. We cannot clean ourselves up enough to be found worthy of God’s love. The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah wrote: “…our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). In other words, compared to our Holy God, the best we can give God still looks like filthy rags in His presence. No one can be saved or will ever be saved because they lived their lives well enough. We have “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). If anyone is going to be cleansed from their sin and earn their ticket to heaven, it is because of God’s grace – unmerited favor toward us!
Once we have trusted God’s love and received Jesus and His forgiveness, what does God ask of us? Jesus told His followers to be “salt and light” to this world. In other words, live lives that help diminish the evil in this world. We won’t destroy it all, but we can, by God’s power, live in such a way as to influence for good. Let’s go into our part of the world and do our part in destroying evil.
Father, live through me, today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.