“The most wise, righteous, and gracious God does oftentimes leave, for a season, His own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled; and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends.”One day He will return with trumpets announcing His return, and He will rightly judge all the evil every deed. Until He returns, we must look ahead at what He will do in the future, knowing that right now, any evil, sin, or corruption will not allow sin to continue forever, and God is not a lesser god because He allows it to continue now. Instead, He is a merciful God who is gracious to allow us to live even now, and we should thank Him continually that He has allowed us to even have the ability to know Him and to be forgiven. Thanks be to God, that whatever we face, we can trust that He is working it our for our good, that He is in complete control, that He can use those circumstances to reveal Himself in new ways to us, that He disciplines us to return us to Him, and that ultimately, He will return one day, and make everything right! Instead of getting caught up in the evil we see, we can look to God who has all things in His hands, and is orchestrating every event to fulfill His perfect plan.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A Good God in an Evil World? pt. 5
So is God truly good? Absolutely. It is our sinful hearts that lead us astray, and Satan, the father of lies, who tempts and deceives us. God has nothing to do with wickedness (Psalm 5:4). He is perfectly holy and righteous. While God allows evil to continue for now, He is still in total control. The Westminster Confession describes that