We watch the news and are appalled at the unspeakable evils committed. We do not understand why such things happen. We do not have the answers, so we are often left asking questions.
Where is God?
Why didn’t He stop this?
Why doesn’t He do something about evil?
These are questions we should be prepared to answer. We should rightfully expect them when tragedy strikes. We should stand ready to tell others exactly how God deals with evil.
Why doesn’t God do something about evil? The answer is He has, He is and He will.
If you want to know what God thinks about evil, look to the cross. There is no greater display of how serious God takes evil than the cross. It was there, on the cross that God poured out His wrath upon His Son – the substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. Sin and evil are so serious, that it took the death of the very Son of God to satisfy God’s anger toward it. It is hard to accuse God of being indifferent toward sin when His own Son was crucified because of it.
As evil as the world is, it could be even worse. If it were not for the grace of God, this world would be unfathomably sinister. Yet we know that God restrains evil. Consider the following Scriptures:
God kept Abimelech from sinning with Abram’s wife (Genesis 20:6).
God restrained bloodshed (1 Samuel 25:26).
God at times gives sinners over to the lusts of their flesh in order to reap the consequences from their persistent sin. If He gives them over, it is evident that He had previously kept them from a worse sin (Romans 1:24).
It is evident that God restrains evil, though He does not restrain all of it. When you are tempted to question God’s inactive response toward sin, consider how much worse the world would be if not for His grace and mercy.
There is coming a day when all will be made right. Our flawed judicial systems provide only a glimpse of the coming final judgment of God. There is no way we can make it right when acts of terror and evil are committed. We cannot justify the death of the innocent. But we can trust that there will come a day when every evil will be judged. Every secret will be made known. All darkness will be openly displayed in the light. Before the Great White Throne, books will be opened and the dead will be judged according to their works. This will be a great day of reckoning.
We cannot fully comprehend evil. But there will be a day when we see evil for what it is. God is the Just Judge. Evil will not go unpunished.
Why won’t God do anything about evil?